An Introduction to Password SecurityWritten by Tim Sisson
One of the easiest ways hackers gain access to accounts is by figuring out the passwords. Many hackers employ tools called brute force password crackers that insert usernames and passwords into the login fields until it guesses the right password combination. If your password only contains letters, it makes it easy for programs to guess the password.
It’s important to use a strong password to keep your accounts secure. We recommend using a random combination of letters, numbers, and symbols that do not contain dictionary words. This applies to all your passwords, including cPanel, webmail, AMP, and content management systems such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
So let’s look at some examples:
If you have a password using case sensitive letters, numbers, and symbols there’s 94 possible characters in each character of the password.
26 uppercase letters + 26 lowercase +32 special + 10 numbers= 94 total characters
|Number of Characters in Password||Lower Case Letters Only||Letters, Numbers, and Symbols|
By using a combination of upper/lower case letters, numbers, and symbols when using a 6 character password you increase the possible password combinations by 2233 times! Remember, the more possible password combinations, the harder it will be for a hacker to figure out your password.
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