Hackers try tens of millions of possible password combinations per second thanks to powerful brute-force-attack software readily available online. For example, hacking software can guess a five-character password in under three hours. If you only use lowercase letters, then it’s 11.4 seconds.
Even without tools like this helping make a hacker’s job easier, you already know you need to have a better password than “password” if you have any hope of keeping intruders out of your PC. It’s easy to come up with a strong password that is hard to hack.
Great passwords need to be eight characters long at minimum. The longer a password is the better and use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
Using dictionary words with proper capitalization are not recommended because they’re easy to guess, like “Password123#”. Even though it meets the above requirements, it’s easily hacked; remember, hackers have sophisticated software that will run 24/7/365.
Remembering your password is easy. Use a phrase or words that normally don’t go together and insert letters and numbers into it.
TreeDoorKevin into tR33d0orkeV1n
This is basically gibberish as far as hacking software is concerned, but it lets you log in to your account without having to write anything down. An easy to remember password doesn’t have to mean easy to guess.
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