Can a hacker guess your passwords? Yes, and more easily than you think.
HiveSystems, a cybersecurity company, just released their 2022 “Time it takes a hacker to brute force your password” report.
This nifty table shows the importance of having strong passwords which combine uppercase and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols.
Any password that relies on letters and numbers only can be cracked instantly, while a seven letter password with numbers, upper and lowercase letters and symbols would take a hacker a mere 31 seconds.
Want a strong password? Follow security best practices and choose a password of at least 11 characters, with both types of letters, a number and a symbol.
How long does it take to crack that password? 34 years so, unless you seriously pissed off someone willing to dedicate that time, your account is safe.
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You can read all about how the study was done and how hackers can crack a password on HiveSystems’ website – it’s an insightful read!