- A password of 8 standard letters contains 209 billion possible combinations, but a computer is able to calculate this instantly.
- Adding one upper case letter to a password dramatically alters a computer’s potential to crack a password, extending it to 22 minutes.
- Having a long mix of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers is the best way make your password more secure.
- A 12-character password containing at least one upper case letter, one symbol and one number would take 34,000 years for a computer to crack.
To make a password truly secure, even more characters or more than one uppercase letter, number or symbol can be added. A twelve-character password with one uppercase letter, one number and one symbol is almost unbreakable, taking a computer 34,000 years to crack, according to World Economic Forum.
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