Having a secure password is so important. Here are some tips to keep your personal info safe with better passwords.

How long will it take a hacker to crack my password?

If your password is weak, hackers (using attack technology) can crack your password in less than 30 seconds.

The complexity and length of your password has an immediate effect on how secure it is. With information from the Government of BC, look how drastically the time it takes to crack a password varies with the complexity and length of the password (with 15 million tries per second):

  • 5 digits, uppercase + lowercase letters
    • = 25 seconds to crack
  • 6 digits, uppercase + lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols
    • = 11 hours to crack
  • 8 digits, uppercase + lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols
    • = 10 years to crack
  • 9 digits, uppercase + lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols
    • = 1000 years to crack

How do I create a secure password?

With information from Get Cyber Safe, here are some things you should avoid:

  • Don’t repeat numbers and letters (aaa)
  • Don’t include simple sequences (123)
  • Don’t use letters that appear in a row on your keyboard  (qwerty)
  • Never use your name, birthday, driver’s license or passport number
  • Stay away from things like words spelled backwards, misspelled words, and abbreviations that are easy to figure out

It is recommended to use a passphrase instead of a password. A way to do this is by using the first letter of each word in a memorable sentence and turning that into your password.

  • Sentence: My Dogs Are So Fluffy And Cute
  • Password: Mdasfac

Then you can replace a letter with a symbol or perhaps add some numbers to it.

  • Password: Mdasf&c85

Try to commit your passwords to memory and don’t store them on your computer or on your phone. If your information or passwords are ever compromised, you should ensure that you change all your passwords immediately.

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