Is there anything like a password that cannot be broken or hacked? Well, it depends on where you stand but there are potentially a lot of arguments for and against on both sides of the divide. However, unfortunately, a lot of computer users still use simple and common dictionary words for their passwords which is a definite no! no! Whether you believe all passwords can eventually be hacked or not, you don’t have to make the job a lot easier for hackers. According to a recent study, the most commonly used passwords are 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty and abc123 which means that there are still a lot of people out there who still have a “the simpler the better” attitude. With reports of password hackers increasingly breaking into online accounts, those who do not take heed would become easy targets to malicious attacks.
According to the study, researchers have revealed the ‘secret’ to developing an impregnable password for your online/Internet accounts. Interestingly, the solution couldn’t be any easier. All that is required is a sensible combination of at least upper-case and lower-case letters. By simply using upper-casing for your non-dictionary password, you can effectively reduce the chances of a hacker breaking into your email or other online accounts. You can read the first part of this article for examples of how to conduct a simple password test.
Furthermore, the statistics collated by Bloomberg Businessweek, showed that a 6-letter password in lower-case text will take a hacker’s computer just 10 minutes to crack, while basic passwords with a mixture of upper-case letters can take as long as 10 hours to crack. That’s not all, it gets better. Adding numbers and/or symbols to a password, will further increase these figures to 18 days or more depending on the password length and the addition of numbers and symbols. For example, a 9-letter password that has both numbers and/or symbols would take even longer to crack i.e. an astonishing 44,530 years! Now, as far as I can remember that is more than any human being has ever lived and even if someone did live that long, the chances of a repeat performance by anybody would be astonishing! At the end of the day, by paying more attention to your passwords, avoiding the use of common words, and being more careful with your choice could possibly do you a big favour for a lifetime.
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