The purpose to set a strong password is to minimize the potential risk of unauthorized access to important data and use of computing resources. The table below can give you some idea of how long it takes to crack different passwords. From there, you can see that it takes 24.2 days to crack a 8-characters password in pure lower case letters and it takes 17 year to crack a 8-characters password in mixed characters. You can see the importance of setting a strong password:
|Total Number of Characters from Which Password is Selected|
|Number of Characters in Password||26 (lower case letters only – abc)||36 (lower case letters plus numbers – abc123)||52 (upper and lower case letters – AaBbCc)|
|5||1.98 minutes||10.1 minutes||1.06 hours|
|6||51.5 minutes||3.74 hours||13.7 days|
|7||22.3 hours||9.07 days||3.91 months|
|8||24.2 days||10.7 months||17.0 years|
|9||1.72 years||32.2 years||8.82 centuries|
|10||44.8 years||1.16 millennia||45.8 millennia|
|11||11.6 centuries||41.7 millennia||2,384 millennia|
|12||30.3 millennia||1,503 millennia||123,946 millennia|
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