Are You At Risk? Top Reasons Why You Should Use A Longer Password

How much do you value your privacy on the internet?  What would happen if you suddenly lost access to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest account?  What would happen if your e-mail was hacked?  What would happen if some fraudster accessed your banking or credit card information?

Many people feel safe and secure with their password choices, but are you really safe?

A majority of internet users have passwords that contain between 5-7 letters and numbers or symbols, but did you know that a simple and basic computer program can decipher your password in as little as 5 minutes, and as long as 1 day?  Scary right!

Take a look at these number breakdowns to show you how “secure” your password is with simple and free password breaking software:

3 Character Password:

Lower case letters only: 17,576 possibilities.  0.02 seconds to crack password

Lower case letters and numbers: 46,656 possibilities.  0.04 seconds to crack password

Lower and upper case letters and numbers:  238,328 possibilities.  0.2 seconds to crack password

Lower and upper case letters, numbers, and special symbols: 830,584 possibilities.  1 second to crack password

6 Character Password:

Lower case letters only: 308,915,776 possibilities.  5 minutes to crack password

Lower case letters and numbers: 2,176,782,336 possibilities.  36 minutes to crack password

Lower and upper case letters and numbers:  56,800,235,584 possibilities.  15 hours to crack password

Lower and upper case letters, numbers, and special symbols: 689,869,781,056 possibilities.  8 days to crack password

8 Character Password:

Lower case letters only: 208,827,064,576 possibilities.  58 hours to crack password

Lower case letters and numbers: 2,821,109,907,456 possibilities.  32 days to crack password

Lower and upper case letters and numbers:  2,183,40,105,584,896 possibilities.  7 years to crack password

Lower and upper case letters, numbers, and special symbols: 6,095,689,385,410,816 possibilities.  193 years to crack password

12 Character Password:

Lower case letters only: 95,428,956,661,682,176 possibilities.  3,000 years to crack password

Lower case letters and numbers: 4,738,381,338,321,616,896 possibilities.  150,000 years to crack password

Lower and upper case letters and numbers:  3,226,266,762,397,899,821,056 possibilities.  100 million years to crack password

Lower and upper case letters, numbers, and special symbols: 475,920,315,814,253,376,475,136 possibilities.  more time than exists in the world to crack password

As you can see from the numbers presented above, your password should be between 8-12 characters, include both upper and lower case letters, numbers, as well as special symbols.

By having a secure password, the likelihood and probability of your important accounts being compromised is zero to none (unless you get infected with a virus of some sort).

Take our words of advice and secure all of your accounts today!  Share this article with others to help spread the word about internet security!