From in-home cameras to your social media accounts to bank accounts, hackers want to access them. So, what exactly can you do to keep your accounts safe? According to cyber security experts, it starts and ends with one thing: the strength of your passwords.
Think about this for a second: most people have 70-80 passwords. That’s according to research by the password manager NordPass. While having dozens and dozens of passwords to keep up with can be a pain in the you-know-what, keeping your accounts safe is one of the most important things you can do.
To illustrate the fact that longer passwords are exponentially more secure, check out this chart by Hive Systems. It details how fast it would take sophisticated hackers to crack your password, depending on what you included. For example, if you had a 10-digit password that only was made up of numbers, hackers could instantly crack it. Compare that to if your 10-digit password had numbers, upper and lowercase letters, and symbols, it would take 5 years. Make that a 14-digit password with that combination, and it would take hackers 200 million years to break it.
Bruce Young, from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, added this piece of advice. “One of the best ways to create a password is to actually create a passphrase,” Young said.
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