Global consulting firm Deloitte released a report recently with an alarming prediction: More than 90 percent of user-generated passwords will be vulnerable to hacking.Â The report, prepared by Deloitteâ€™s Canadian Technology, Media & Telecommunications arm, said even those passwords traditionally considered strong â€” with eight characters and a combination of numbers, letters and symbols â€” are at risk.
Most people have been told that a strong eight-character password â€” with a number or two and a random symbol â€” is sufficiently secure for even relatively high-value financial transactions. Such a password chosen from all 94 characters available on a standard keyboard is one of 6.1 quadrillion possible combinations. It would take about a year for a relatively fast 2011 desktop computer to try every variation, Deloitte says.
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