Hopefully, no one reading this blog is foolish enough to use simple passwords. Even so, if you have a habit of using one password for every website and/or your passwords are simple, you should really rethink your digital security. Personally, I use 1Password to keep track of all my website passwords, and I use its built-in password generator to create random passwords. Since it keeps track of them for me, I don’t have to worry about remembering them (it will fill it in automatically for you – yeah, it sounds insecure, but it isn’t). Sites more prone to hacking (like Facebook) get passwords of maximum length and complexity.
Researchers say the growing number of processors on graphics cards will soon make it trivial for them to crack short passwords.
A password of seven characters or less will soon be “hopelessly inadequate” they claim.
The researchers suggest passwords should be at least 12 characters long to be safe.