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How long it would take someone to break into your email, facebook, or


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#1 curtisronin


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 02:04 AM

Recently I discovered a page that deals with the time it takes to crack a password and typing in some of the passwords majority over 9 characters and using special characters. It says around 150 years and I am just wondering iif the tool is just a entertainment or true.



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#2 paws


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 05:51 AM

Sounds about right!

but do be careful that site is not encrypted, however it does say that the calculation is done within the browser, rather than on their server so that is better.


However I would still now change the password....


Remember also that the time taken to "break a password" using a brute force attack, is an estimate and is based on the total number of permutations... its possible (although highly unlikely) that the correct password could be established at an earlier time!



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#3 Tomk


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 10:08 PM

As paws said... these things are strictly based upon the mathematical permutations.  The "hardest" password will always be the longest.  For example, any 15 letters, all the same case, will come out nearly 20k years (any15 times a single number is only 4 days). Capitalize just one of the 15 letters and it becomes over 16 million years (doesn't matter which one).  Capitalize any two, and you are at over 800 Billion years.


If I type my name in (First with the first letter capitalized, space, last with the first letter capitalized) and it says over 117 million years.  However, no one would consider that a safe password.


So, when picking a password, the longest one will be the toughest.  The variety of "styles" of characters (Uppercase,lowercase, numbers, and special characters if allowed) will increase the security.  However, you could have a 20 or 25 character password that contained upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters... but is actually your name and birthday... and it may be considered a "strong" password but would not be a "smart" password.  Brute force is based upon permutations, but behavioral analysis is often a faster way to break protection.

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