Specops Password Policy

Get serious about password security with technology that helps you follow best practices. Enforce password compliance requirements and help users select stronger passwords.

Manage Password Policies across your organization

Password attacks are an ongoing threat facing organizations. An effective password policy is essential to protecting the network, and sensitive data. Do you know how your existing password settings compare to best practices? Specops Password Policy allows organizations of all sizes to align with industry standards. The tool extends the functionality of Group Policy, and simplifies the management of fine-grained password policies. Specops Password Policy can target any GPO level, group, user, or computer with dictionaries and passphrase settings.

Take a segmented approach and customize your settings to the security needs of various user populations. Assign users who have access to sensitive data more complexity, without hindering usability for less privileged users. Manage password policies across your organization simply and effectively!

Specops Password Policy is a component of the Specops Password Management solution. Specops Password Management takes a holistic approach to password management that increases security, cuts costs, and extends the reach of password-based security. Whether you’re looking for a complete password management solution, or a free tool to identify security gaps, Specops Password Management can help.

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  • Blacklist leaked and vulnerable passwords

    With Specops Password Policy you have multiple options for blocking vulnerable passwords. You can create a custom dictionary containing potential passwords relevant to your organization, including name, location, services, and relevant acronyms. You can also use one of the downloadable dictionaries consisting of the most popular password lists, common keyboard and character substitution (e.g. leetspeak) patterns. To check against the latest leaked lists, including up to 1 billion leaked passwords, you can use the Specops Password Blacklist add-on. Blocking vulnerable passwords not only increases password security, by forcing users to select stronger passwords, but also ensures compliance against industry standard bodies like NIST and NCSC.

    Create compliant password policies

    In response to the threat of password related data breaches, organizations (regulated or not) are increasing password security.  IT departments are looking to governmental security organizations, such as NIST and NCSC, and if regulated, to standards such as HIPAA, or PCI. To satisfy all parties, organizations must go beyond compliance policies, and look towards adding additional security capabilities. With compliance driven templates, and a reporting tool to ensure they match, or exceed these standards, Specops Password Policy makes compliance easy.

    Target password entropy

    Password attacks work because users are predictable. When asked to create a complex password, users follow familiar patterns. This means starting with a common word, followed by a number and/or special character. Specops Password Policy blocks common character types at the beginning/end of passwords, as well as consecutively repeated characters. To help users create stronger passwords they can remember, Specops encourages passphrases. The length of the password is an effective defense. Passphrases, a combination of words that are meaningless together, are easier to remember and harder to crack.


    • Over 20 languages supported including English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese
    • Custom and previously leaked password dictionary lists and password hash dictionaries (LinkedIn, Adobe & Gawker)
    • Specops password compliance dictionary with close to 1 million previously leaked passwords
    • Block the use of leetspeak and common character substitution within dictionaries
    • Keyboard patterns dictionary including European keyboard patterns
    • Informative client messages when a user fails to meet Password Policy rules
    • Password expiration email notifications
    • Policies that are complex enough to meet the needs of end users based on business roles
    • Forbids user names, display names, specific words, consecutive characters and incremental passwords
    • Passphrase support
    • Scan for actionable Active Directory policy insights – expired passwords, stale accounts, weak/non-compliant policies
  • 3rd Party Product Reviews

    Gold Award on Techgenix.com!

    Brien Posey, “I found the software to be stable, reliable, and very responsive. I did not encounter any bugs during my review, and the software was intuitive to the point that I was able to use it without ever looking at the instructions or calling tech support.”

    Gold Award on WindowSecurity.com!

    Richard Hicks, “Specops Password Policy is an essential tool that can be leveraged by organizations large and small to greatly improve their overall security posture by granularly enforcing password policies across the enterprise. The tool is very easy to use, installs quickly, and leverages existing Windows administration procedures to implement fine-grained password policies.”

    Specops Password Policy – Enterprise password security on 4sysops.com

    Timothy Warner, “Specops Password Policy can target any GPO level, computer, user, or group population and has the added benefit of expanded password policy options, including the use of passphrases.”

    Additional Resources

    Press release: Specops Password Policy Blocks Vulnerable Passwords

    Webinar: Proactive Password Security – Protection Beyond Compliance

    Specops Password Policy Datasheet

    Comparison of Specops Password Policy and Fine-Grained Password Policies