How Secure Is My Password?
A secure password is very different today than it was 10 years ago. Strong passwords are no longer special characters with a mix of upper and lower case lettering with some special characters thrown into the mix. A single regular word where a's are replaced with @'s and o's become 0's (zero's) like [email protected]$$w0rd! is not as secure as three unrelated words with no special characters combined like windowparachutewheels. The password strength test says it would take 4 months to crack [email protected]$$w0rd! and 2 trillion years to crack windowparachutewheels. These are educated guesses based on today's technology and common password lists. The length of our three unrelated words combined gives an advantage simply because there are many more characters involved.
How Does The Password Strength Test Work?
How Long Should A Password Be?
In depth research shows some experts say 8 characters are still recommended as the minimum. However, the longer and more complex the password is, the harder to crack according to Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
What Is The Most Secure Password?
The most secure password is one that combines uppercase/lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently revised their recommendations to allow passwords a maximum of 64 character in length. A 64 character password using the suggested combination is unlikely to get cracked with today’s technology.
What Is An Example Of A Easy Secure Password?
Using the Password Strength Tool and entering a 16 character password of !QAZ2wsx#EDC4rfv says it would take 5 trillion years to crack. This password is simple to enter on a desktop keyboard. Hold down shift and go from ! to Z, release shift and go from 2 to x, hold shift and go from # to c, release shift and go from 4 to v.
Use A Passphrase Instead Of A Password
Passphrases are strongly recommended by the FBI. Using a passphrase instead of a password might be easier for you to remember. Something like “This is my favorite passphrase turned into a password!” could become TiMfPtIaP!9. Take the first letter of each word and alternate upper and lowercase. This instance ends with an exclamation mark and the number 9 represents how many words are in the phrase. Using the Password Strength Tool to test this password tells us it would take two thousand years to crack this password.