I am a regular reader of the Sophos blog because they have so many great articles on computer security. They recently delved into how to tell if your password is strong enough, and at the end of it all, it really boils down to length – the longer your password, the more secure it is likely to be. I have been exchanging my 7 and 8 character passwords for new ones that are at least 14 characters long, with a good mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. The full article can be found on Sophos.
There is a new web site called Passfault Analyzer that will analyze your current password and tell you how long it would take to crack using automated brute force techniques the hackers use. To check your password out, just click here.
Since LinkedIn has reported that they have lost control of 6.5 million passwords, and other site like eHarmony and Facebook also having had similar problems recently, it is a great time to craft a new, longer, more complex set of passwords, and deploy them to your online accounts.Share