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Passwords are easier than ever to crack.
There are many tools that can be used to crack passwords.
Two of the common attacks used by these tools are Dictionary & Brute force.
Each year technology is advancing and these improvements, continually bring down the time it takes to crack a password.
Hackers can quickly crack your passwords if they are not complex. See example below:
|Complexity of a 10 Character Password||Time to Crack|
|Lowercase Letters||58 Minutes|
|Upper & Lowercase Letters||1 Month|
|Numbers, Upper & Lowercase Letters||7 Months|
|Numbers, Upper & Lowercase Letters, Symbols||5 Years|
See a detailed chart from Hive Systems
There are several sites where you can get an estimated time to crack and/or the strength of your password.
Since all passwords can be cracked with enough time, there are other strategies to reduce the possibility.
Using complex passwords is a must for everyone. It used to be easy to remember my password, but now I always use complex passwords, it is almost impossible to remember. This is why I’ve switched over to using a Password Manager, which makes it so easy. I only have to remember one password, the main password to the Password Manager.