How simply upper-casing your password can frustrate a hacker's attempts at breaking into your accountBy Graham Smith
Last updated at 4:09 PM on 10th February 2011
Passwords? Pin numbers? There was a time before Internet shopping when they were barely needed.
But their prevalence has, in turn, led to a growth in online accounts being hacked and the need to memorise increasingly unwieldy passwords.
IS YOUR PASSWORD SAFE?
Lower-case: 10 minutes
+ Upper-case: 10 hours
+ Numbers and symbols: 18 days
Length - 7 characters
Lower-case: 4 hours
+ Upper-case: 23 days
+ Numbers and symbols: 4 years
Length - 8 characters
Lower-case: 4 days
+ Upper-case: 3 years
+ Numbers and symbols: 463 years
Length - 9 characters
Lower-case: 4 months
+ Upper-case: 178 years
+ Numbers and symbols: 44,530 years
In December, media firm Gawker urged subscribers to change their passwords after its user database was hacked and more than 1.3million passwords were stolen.
The company, which runs a series of irreverent blogs on media and technology, warned that simple passwords could be vulnerable to attacks by hackers' computers.
A file containing the password details was then published on a file-sharing site by a group allied to the notorious image board 4Chan, which has been linked to a series of recent 'Anonymous' attacks on major websites.
Also last month, the Visa and MasterCard sites were inaccessible for a short time because of attacks by supporters of WikiLeaks.
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