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    Default How long would it take a hacker to crack your password?

    It seems that just adding upper case letters makes a big difference.

    Check out the following...


    Length - 6 characters

    Lower-case: 10 minutes
    + Upper-case: 10 hours
    + Numbers and symbols: 18 days

    Length - 7 characters

    Lower-case: 4 hours
    + Upper-case: 23 days
    + Numbers and symbols: 4 years

    Length - 8 characters

    Lower-case: 4 days
    + Upper-case: 3 years
    + Numbers and symbols: 463 years

    Length - 9 characters

    Lower-case: 4 months
    + Upper-case: 178 years
    + Numbers and symbols: 44,530 years
    Source: How simply upper-casing your password can frustrate a hacker's attempts at breaking into your account | Mail Online

    There are some websites that insist on a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols when registering, but there are a lot that do not, simply specifying a minimum of six characters. My bank account can be accessed by entering just 6 numbers, chosen for me, which would take less than a minute to crack, so I'm changing my main bank unless they allow me to have a more secure password.

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    My bank is a little more secure.

    To access it i need a 9 digit "account name" which they supply for me.
    Under that i can choose my own password. Using methods i have described before (Here, if your interested(click here)), this password is over 14 characters long and contains uppercase, lowercase numbers a space and some symbols.
    After that, i have to enter 3 parts of my "Memorable Information", which in my case is 36 letters and numbers long. You select these from 3 drop down lists of the allowed letters and numbers (i assume to fool Keystroke Logging software).

    If my time or date on the PC is wrong, it won't allow me to access till they are corrected.
    If i have no Anti-Virus, or its out of date, again, it does not allow access.

    If i "Log In" to my computer from another computer using "LogMeIn" the website appears black, so i cannot see what is displayed from the remote location, even though i can on the actual monitor, until the login phase is over with.

    On top of this, they have guarantee's in place that safeguard me, so long as i take "reasonable steps" to secure my passwords.

    Overall, i'm pretty confident when i use their site.
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    Thanks MrDarn. Time for a re-think on my passwords.
    A little help is worth a ton of sympathy.

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    Passwords are useless if they are too complicated to remember mind!

    You have to find a happy medium between security and an easy life.
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