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Check the strength of a password and if it was exposed in any breaches.
Don't lose passwords to hackers
- Weak passwords are still the primary cause of data breaches. However, you can minimize the risk of getting your accounts compromised by making a few simple changes. Create unique passwords that would have numbers, symbols, and upper and lower cases; check their strength using the NordPass password strength checker; and keep them safe in your encrypted password manager.
How weak passwords are cracked
- Hackers use the so-called brute-force technique, which can take seconds to guess your password. It’s often a computer program that keeps stuffing words until it hits the jackpot. All hackers need for it to work is to upload a database with popular passwords, words from a dictionary, or passwords leaked in the past. Therefore, the more complex the password is, the less of the chance they have to break it.
A password checker is a web tool that helps you evaluate your password strength. It analyses the syntax of your password and informs you about its weaknesses. Also, it checks the database of breached passwords and flags if your passwords were compromised in any of the brute-force or dictionary attacks.
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A strong password is a password that is hard to crack. It needs to be as random as possible and have more than eight characters. Also, include a combination of upper and lower cases or be a mixture of symbols and a passphrase. Need help? Check our online password generator, which will help you create strong passwords based on the requirements you set.
Creating completely uncrackable passwords is becoming a challenge. Reduce the chance of your password being compromised by avoiding the bad practices, such as: reusing passwords, common keyword patterns, common acronyms or repeating characters. Stay on track with your passwords by using our online password generator and password strength checker tools.
Breaking a simple 7-character password with no special symbols or uppercase letters can take as little as 0.29s. Add at least two characters, and the time to crack the password will increase to approximately 5 years. You can check how long your new password will take to crack with the NordPass password generator. Then change your passwords accordingly.
10 characters is a sufficient length for a strong password. However, remember that the longer it is, the longer it will take to crack it. So don’t shy away from making them 20 or 30 characters long. Also, update your passwords once in a while, preferably every 3-4 months.
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