When It Comes to Passwords – Size Matters


For those who wonder why the signup form suggests you to use special characters and uppercase letters in your password, this might crack open that inner genius in you.

This elegant GIF shows you an estimate of how long a brute force attack might take to crack your password. Besides, do consider that it could actually take years if you take the ‘limited password attempt’ security measures, captcha entry and security questions into account. But hey… That’s not an excuse to use ‘password123’ as your password :)

This post was first published on August 7, 2014.


Karthikeyan KC

Aeronautical engineer, dev, science fiction author, gamer, and an explorer. I am the creator of Geekswipe. I love writing about physics and astronomy. I am now creating Swyde.

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  1. Ha Ha.. Why bother? Beat the crap out of the guy and he’ll tell the password in minutes. XD

    • I’d use those chemical stuffs used by nic cage in national treasure. UV light will do the trick. Why beat the shit out of a poor guy?