Whether we notice it or not, password security has become a vital part of our modern lives. We use passwords to protect things that are important to us such as our phones, computers, and even our money. So, it is only right for us to take the necessary steps required to ensure we create passwords that are strong and hacker-proof because a password is oftentimes the only line of defense that protects our valuable data.
Oftentimes, many of us are overly confident of our passwords that we underestimate how vulnerable we are to cybercriminals who are willing to spend hours, weeks, and even months to crack them.
Do you know? A weak password can be cracked in seconds whilst a strong password can take hundreds of years. So, how secure is your password?
According to the Hive Systems, the advances in graphics processing technology have slashed the time needed to crack a password using brute force techniques.
In 2020, Hive Systems unveiled a Password Table that shed some light on the relative strength of a password against a brute force cracking attempt. This table consists of data that was based on the duration it would take a consumer-budget hacker to crack a password hash using a computer with a top-of-the-line graphics card. Two years later, they released an updated table (below) to illustrate how fast it takes for a hacker to crack your password using brute force.
Based on this 2022 table, we can see that even an 8-character password with letters (upper and lowercase), numbers, and symbols would take cybercriminals only 39 minutes to crack. Given the advances in technology in graphics card, the chances of your passwords being cracked rises exponentially each year. Knowing this, how can you and your organization strengthen password security in hopes of better securing your accounts and data?
The Longer, The Better
Research shows the longer the password, the harder it is for a hacker to crack. Therefore, it is advisable to create a password that is made up of more than 14 characters.
Examples of a long password:
Complexity Is Key
To ensure maximum security, you are advised to create strong and complex passwords by using numbers, letters (upper and lowercase), as well as symbols.
Examples of a complex password:
For administrative accounts, it is highly recommended to generate random passwords with at least 14 characters that have numbers, letters (upper and lowercase), and symbols and store them in a password vault.
Now that you know about what constitutes a strong password, below are the key points to help you create a hacker-proof password to enjoy a worry-free experience:
With these key points in mind, creating a strong and effective password is not out of reach. Below are additional tips to help prevent you from the threat of hacking by the ever-growing cybercriminal network:
Even though it is tempting, never write down your passwords anywhere
Never share your password with anyone
Make sure your devices and software are kept up-to-date
Enter your login credentials discreetly. Be vigilant towards other people trying to obtain your passwords by physically looking over your shoulder or even recording during a remote session.
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