CLICKBAIT: It does matter how long it is and you won’t believe what he did next

An interesting thing came out of the combobulator that is Twitter. It was about information security and more particularly – passwords. The length of password is far more important than

Lets take an example password:


There are 7 positions or characters that make this password up. There are 70 possibilities given a standard keyboard. That means the results are 70 to the power of 7.

70 * 70 * 70 * 70 * 70 * 70 * 70 which equals this amazing number:

8,235,430,000,000. 8.2 Trillion combinations. That’s pretty awesome. It is pretty awesome until you realise that it is possible to attempt to crack passwords at a rate of 2,000,000,000 combinations per second.

This results in 4118 seconds from go until “Oh No”.

Sure there are methods to stop brute force, re-attempts, and captchas but with the number of databases being leaked in recent years – once it’s popped it is only a matter of time and CPU cycles before they’re reverted. If it only takes 4118 seconds to pop the password for 7 characters image what a longer password could do for you. It takes a lot longer to crack. Your password is not the low hanging fruit. There would be a substantial amount of passwords broken well before yours was.

Diminishing returns is your ally.

This is why I use apps like 1Password to both generate and store silly long passwords. I know my Gmail password is far too long to memorize. I know my Facebook password is stupid too. I generate different passwords for different accounts (and use 2FA!) and I don’t need to remember them or rely on a key phrase. I don’t need to use Safari or Chrome assistance to remember my password!

Whilst we can speak for hours at length about the weakness of passwords as a whole if you’re not using very long passwords and something like a password manager then know this – it’s not a matter of if but simply a matter of when.

NOTE: This is not a paid review or spruik for 1Password. I love the app but more importantly simple things like this go a long way to securing your friends and family!

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