By PowerBuy // 10 January 2013 // Related Categories: Tips

Think of your PC, mail and Internet Banking passwords. Now be prepared to think of some new ones.

Why? Because a high-powered server or desktop used by a professional hacker can make one hundred billion password guesses per second. So, if your password contains a combination of 6 or less letters and numbers it would take only 0.0224 seconds for a professional to crack it if they wanted to.

However, if your password consists of 10 letters and numbers it would take 10.45 hours for a professional to crack – now that’s much better.

If you are serious about security and your password includes a symbol of any kind then you are much, much safer. Using an unusual symbol and at least one upper case letter means a professional would take 54.46 years to crack it – now that’s more like it!

Here are some simple tips for creating passwords:

  • Length. Make your passwords long with eight or more characters (preferably 10)
  • Complexity. Include at least one uppercase letter PLUS a symbol.
  • Variation. To keep strong passwords effective, change them about every three months.
  • Variety. Don't use the same password for everything.

And don’t under any circumstances use:

  • Dictionary words in any language.
  • Words spelled backwards, common misspellings, and abbreviations.
  • Sequences or repeated characters. Examples: 12345678, 222222, abcdefg, or adjacent letters on your keyboard (qwerty).
  • Personal information. Your name, birthday, driver's license, passport number, or similar information.

Do you have any tips that you would like to share with our readers?


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L;ambros Gakios // 22/01/2013 1:06 PM

Hi thank's I will

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