February 7, 2011

News: Quick Tips to Prevent Hackers

Yes that picture at the top of this blog has some truth to it. According to Business Week, you guys and gals are having troubles dealing with Hackers. I mean, I turn to The Double R and see T-Pain going off on people for hacking his music. Maybe if he took some of the simple steps to create a better password, they would have a bit more difficulty. Check out the full article below:

Most-used passwords: 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty, abc123

Time it takes a hacker’s computer to randomly guess your password:

Length: 6 characters
Lowercase: 10 minutes
+ Uppercase: 10 hours
+ Nos. & Symbols: 18 days

Length: 7 characters
Lowercase: 4 hours
+ Uppercase: 23 days
+ Nos. & Symbols: 4 years

Length: 8 characters
Lowercase: 4 days
+ Uppercase: 3 years
+ Nos. & Symbols: 463 years

Length: 9 characters
Lowercase: 4 months
+ Uppercase: 178 years
+ Nos. & Symbols: 44,530 years

Average amount it costs a business to field a phone call requesting a password reset: $10
Proportion of help desk calls that are password-related: 30%
Users who choose a common word or simple key combination for a password: 50%

Data: Gartner, Forrester, Duo Security, Imperva, LastBit Software

- @Signiture718

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