How long does it take a hacker to guess your password? Less time than you might think.
|Length||Lowercase||+ Uppercase||+ Number & Symbol|
|6 Characters||10 minutes||10 hours||18 days|
|7 Characters||4 hours||23 days||4 years|
|8 Characters||4 days||3 years||463 yearss|
|9 Characters||4 months||178 years||44,530 yearss|
The best way to keep your password safe from hackers is to use numbers & symbols in your password. For example, "password5&" is much more secure than "password", in terms of hackability. Even if you just use a common/proper noun as your password, adding numbers, symbols or uppercase characters (ie "susie74!") can help keep your password from being easily cracked.
For even better passwords, create a sentence that you can easily remember and then combine the first character of each word with a series of numbers or characters.
For example, "Seven dogs ran around the lake & played with 3 geese. Weird!" as a password becomes "7dratl&pw3g.W!".
Remember, the better your password, the safer your data!