Linkedin passwords were stolen today. This is a good time to mention password security & password length. Even if you don’t have a Linkedin account, this applies to all passwords.
If you use a short password your password is in danger of being hacked. With fast computers, cracking passwords has become very easy and quick. Here are some facts:
A six-letter password takes a little over seven seconds to crack. A seven-letter password would takes 13 hours. An eight characters pushes the time up to 57 days. A nine-character password takes up to 15 years.
For better security make your passwords 12 to 16 letters with a mix of upper/lower case numbers and even ASCII characters.
Like my dad used to say… If yours is short, it is useless… (I’m not sure he was talking about passwords tho)