Password strength is a measure of how effective password is against hacking. There are various ways hackers can crack a password, like brute force attack, dictionary attack, etc. Using strong passwords lowers the overall risk of a security breach for your account.
Using words that appear in a dictionary in your password is a very bad idea. Even changing characters with a capital letter or symbols will not make your password any stronger. A true strong password should consist of 10 or more characters and must include some random symbols or numbers.
A six-letter password using all upper case letters or all lower case letters has 308 million possible letter combinations. This is easily broken within a couple minutes by automated password cracking programs that hackers can download from the Internet.
You can also create strong password using password generation tool, found inside our control panel. Just click on generate button and it will create strong password for you. You will also be able to test your password strength by typing your password in the box.
Here are some simple guidelines for strong passwords.
- It should contain at least eight characters.
- It should contain a mix of four different types of characters — upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters such as !@#$%^&*,;” If there is only one letter or special character, it should not be either the first or last character in the password.
- It should not be a name, a slang word, or any word in the dictionary. It should not include any part of your name or your e-mail address.
- You should be able to type it quickly, so that someone looking over your shoulder cannot readily see what you have typed.
- It should be changed at least every 90 days to keep undetected intruders from continuing to use it.