How many seconds would it take to break your password?

'Strong' isn't a detailed password-rating; go for a quintillions possible combos, then add a symbol

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How long would it take to crack my password: (Includes letters and numbers, no upper- or lower-case and no symbols)

6 characters: 2.25 billion possible combinations

  • Cracking online using web app hitting a target site with one thousand guesses per second: 3.7 weeks.
  • Cracking offline using high-powered servers or desktops (one hundred billion guesses/second): 0.0224 seconds
  • Cracking offline, using massively parallel multiprocessing clusters or grid (one hundred trillion guesses per second: 0.0000224 seconds

10 characters: 3.76 quadrillion possible combinations

  • Cracking online using web app hitting a target site with one thousand guesses per second: 3.7 weeks.
  • Cracking offline using high-powered servers or desktops (one hundred billion guesses/second): 10.45 hours
  • Cracking offline, using massively parallel multiprocessing clusters or grid (one hundred trillion guesses per second: 37.61 seconds.

Add a symbol, make the crack several orders of magnitude more difficult:

6 characters: 7.6 trillion possible combinations

  • Cracking online using web app hitting a target site with one thousand guesses per second: 2.4 centuries.
  • Cracking offline using high-powered servers or desktops (one hundred billion guesses/second): 1.26 minutes
  • Cracking offline, using massively parallel multiprocessing clusters or grid (one hundred trillion guesses per second: 0.0756 seconds

10 characters: Possible combinations: 171.3 sextillion (171,269,557,687,901,638,419; 1.71 x 1020)

  • Cracking online using web app hitting a target site with one thousand guesses per second: 54.46 million centuries.
  • Cracking offline using high-powered servers or desktops (one hundred billion guesses/second) 54.46 years
  • Cracking offline, using massively parallel multiprocessing clusters or grid (one hundred trillion guesses per second: 2.83 weeks.

Take Steve's advice: go for 10 characters, then add a symbol.

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