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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

So you think your password is secure? Want to know how fast can it be cracked?

Online security has never been more important. It's time you considered how strong your password is, otherwise your accounts could be hacked in minutes by easily acquired software.

Does your password meet with these best practice rules?

A strong password should

  • Contain capitals and lower case
  • Contain numbers and special characters e.g. one or more of !@£$%^&*() (shift key and 1234567890 )
  • Not consist of a dictionary word or a name (like a maiden name, town / city, pet name etc)

How fast can I crack your password?

Try visiting and type it in, see how fast it can be cracked. The answer might be disturbing.

Strong passwords should take years to crack, ideally 100's or 1000's.

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