How long does it take to a hack a password?

Posted on Tuesday, September 01 2020 @ 14:19 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Reddit user hivesystems created a new chart that shows estimates of how long it would take to crack your password using a brute force attack. Using data from, the chart reveals that all passwords of 7 and less characters can be cracked in a maximum of six minutes.

Even a 10-character long password consisting exclusively of numbers can be cracked pretty much instantly. To be really secure, you need not only a high number of characters but also a combination of numbers, upper and lowercase letters, and symbols.

For example, a 10 character long password consisting of all these factors could take five years to crack. When you increase the character length to sixteen, while keeping the other parameters the same, it would take one trillion years to hack your password.

However, there's an important caveat. As computing power increases, brute forcing attacks also get more powerful. As such, ten years from now, a new version of this chart will look very differently.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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