The Password is an additional protection on the path of your data. Still it must be well choosen …
Your password should:
- Have a minimum of 8 characters (the longer it is, the better)
- Contain one or more digits (0-9)
- Consist of capital letters (A-Z) and lower case letters (a-z)
- Contain at least one special sign (!, @, +, -, /, … etc)
- Not be a common name like “sun”, “house”, “dog” and therefore do not be part of the dictionary.
- Not relate to your person (your phone number or car plate, your date of birth or that of a member of your family … etc.)
- Not already have been used (old password)
Is your password safe enough?
How long do you think it takes a hacker to break the barrier of your password and access your files?
1 year … 1 hour … or less than a second?
There are several websites where you can test dummy passwords of your own and become aware of their fragility, if they had to face an cyber attack. I have selected two for you:
Feel free to test old passwords that you no longer use, or passwords you’ve been thinking about using.
Do not use any existing password!
You never know who is behind a website or an internet application. And it is not because it seems well done nor because I recommend them, that you should not be wary.
I tested the following passwords:
- Love >> can resist from 0 second to 7 minutes
- 12345678 >> from 0 second to 3 hours
- 11111111 >> from 0 second to 3 hours
- Qwertz >> from 0 second to 4 hours (upper line of the keyboard)
- yxcvbnm >> from 0 second to 6 hours (lower line of the keyboard)
- Password >> from 0 second to 3 years
- Singe >> from 4 minutes to 9 hours
- s5in&Ge >> from 4 months to 53 years (singe with 1 digits, 1 sign and 1 capital letter)
- S+r754sg >> from 4 minutes to 5000 years
- Jenesaispas >> from 6 years to 923 centuries (a pass phrase of 11 characters)
- tttttttttttttt > > from 8 minutes to 222 centuries (reapeted letter 14 times)
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