Want a strong password? Start thinking 8 to 10. If you have an complex password consisting of 10 characters combining upper and lower case letters, symbols, and numbers you should be able to sleep well at night knowing your online world is protected. According to a Yahoo Finance article, it says that it would take would be hackers 19.24 years to hack your encrypted 10 character password. Assuming they had a super computer to run through 100-billion possibilities a second. You can read the full article here.
Here at Mail2World, it is up to our customers to decide on what their password requirements are. Free users are only required to have a password consisting of six characters but we always encourage them to use more. The more characters and character classes that are employed the more difficult it becomes for a hacker to break in.
The other issue to consider when discussing passwords is password encryption. Encrypted passwords are hidden text sent to the server while non-encrypted passwords are sent as clear, readable text. Any user who accesses their Mail2World account via a secure connection will have their passwords encrypted automatically. On Mail2World.com, simply select the secure option right below the domain name in the login area.
Below are 5 tips to a secure password:
- Use different character classes. Different character classes are combination of letters, numbers, and symbols that will ensure that password will never be compromised.
- Use 8-10 character passwords. Passwords with long character strings will ensure the password is never compromised because there are too many character combinations.
- Use a secure connection. Using a secure connection (SSL) will ensure passwords are always encrypted.
- Use more than one word passwords. One word passwords are easy to break and there are programs that can run through thousands of word possibilities within a few minutes.
- Change passwords regularly. Changing passwords on a regular schedule will help your email account be “For your eyes only.”
Here is a quick and fun quiz for you. Which one of the password combinations below is the stronger? St8Ksl0v or CatW!!!!?## Leave your answer in the comment section below.