Why Your Password May Not Be as Strong as You Think it Is

November 13, 2017
9mo ago
Massive data breaches such as the Equifax or Yahoo hacks shed light on the importance of protecting personal information. Just last week, Google published a study that found hackers collect nearly 250,000 web logins every week. Cody Gough, host of the Curiosity podcast, shares his tips and tricks for creating a strong password. Length matters over complexity. According to a recent report in Curiosity, Gough says a sixteen character password made up of only numbers is harder to crack than an eight or ten character password with a variety of symbols. So the password "correcthorsebatterystaple" is considered more secure than "Tr0ub4dor&3." Gough says the first password would take a computer 550 years to crack, whereas the second one would only take three days. The benefit of this knowledge is that people can make passwords that are easier to remember, as long as the sequence of words is long.