How secure is your password

7th of September 2017 | Matt Southam


How secure is your password?

The password is now part of everyday life which often makes us complacent on how secure they should be. We all have so many to remember that it is also very easy to slip into the habit of reusing the same one!

Here we set out the reason you shouldn't and how to make your password more secure.

Passwords being stolen.

Luckily, hacks of the big companies are fairly rare and more often than not personal information isn't captured but there are attempted hacks on smaller sites every single day and if you have personal information stored on them you could be vulnerable

Let me explain.

Just say you use the same password for your PayPal account as you did for that forum which shared pictures of your home town or funny dogs! Now Paypal has fantastic security but that forum you signed up too probably doesn't. If that gets hacked and the personal info stolen the first thing a hacker will do is try the exact same logins on PayPal.
If you use the same password for everything it is very easy for hackers to then get access to your emails, Facebook and PayPal.

Brute Force attacks

We often see these on websites running CMS's such as WordPress. The website is attacked with a bot randomly trying lots of different passwords. Eventually, the password will get found so how can you protect yourself?

Well, the good news is that by simply adding a couple of characters you will increase the time it takes for a bot to hack your website.

Let's look at a few examples

a weak password:
catdog1
the time it will take to crack is 1 hour 23 minutes

Lets now add some extra bits to it

password: catdog1@
Time taken to crack - 9 months, 3 weeks, 4 days and 19 hours

Let's add another Character

password: catdog1@!

Time taken to crack - 53 years, 5 months, 2 weeks, 2 days and 10 hours!

Now let's look at what we would class as a secure password

password: Gy7^ftFH]D1!
Time taken to crack - Over 827090000 years

 

As you can see the more randon your password the harder it is to hack!
Want to check your passwords? You can use this amazing tool at 

betterbuys.com/estimating-password-cracking-times/


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