How to create a secure password that would take a hacker 300 years to crack

We would say that most people are concerned about the security of their data. But that’s probably not the case when you consider that “samsung” was one of the most used passwords in at least 30 countries, according to research by password management company NordPass.

Using the name of the company that made your device as a password is clearly a bad idea. However, in recent years, the “samsung” password has grown in popularity. In 2019 it was the 198th most popular, in 2020 the 189th most popular, and in 2021 it was number 78 on the list of most popular passwords.

The most common password is the word… “password”. Nearly 5 million people believe this option will keep them safe. Other commonly used passwords include “123456”, “123456789” and “guest”.

Besides “samsung”, other brands used as codes are Adidas, Nike and Tiffany. Different countries have different favorites based on cultural differences and other factors. In England, for example, the fourth most popular password is Liverpool, Arsenal sixth and Chelsea at number 11. In Italy, Ciao is at number 4.

How to create a strong password

Short or simple passwords are easier to crack. According to research done by CNBC, a password consisting of 4 to 11 characters could be discovered immediately. One with 12 characters took two seconds to crack, while one with 13 characters took 19 seconds. Even the combination of uppercase, lowercase and numbers is not safe. Such a code consisting of 4 to 6 characters can be detected immediately. One with 7 characters in seven seconds, while using this combination for an eight-digit password will take seven minutes to crack.

The most secure passwords use a combination of uppercase, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. A password of seven to 10 characters of this type takes up to five months to detect. If you use 11 characters, it will take up to 34 years of work to decipher. Finally, a 12-character password with all of the above will take a hacker up to 300 years to find.

The length of the password is the most important. Even if you create one that consists of uppercase, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols, if it’s only four to six characters long, hackers can still find it right away.

NordPass recommends that you never use the same password in different applications. And you should change the password you use on each app periodically. If – justifiably – you can’t remember all those passwords, there are Password Manager apps in the App Store and Google Play Store.


Source: Techblog by techblog.gr.

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