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By Douglas Zeller | Broker in El Dorado County, CA

Tip of the Week: 90 percent of 'Passwords Vulnerable to Hacking'

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.  The report, prepared by Deloitte’s Canadian Technology, Media & Telecommunications arm, said even those passwords traditionally considered strong — with eight characters and a combination of numbers, letters and symbols — are at risk.

Most people have been told that a strong eight-character password — with a number or two and a random symbol — 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.

More information at: http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_GX/global/industries/technology-media-telecommunications/tmt-predictions-2013/index.htm?id=gx:pm:Pred13:theme

Comments

By Edyta Gryc - Broker Associate,  Thu Jan 24 2013, 20:24
Really scary-90%....
By Douglas Zeller,  Fri Jan 25 2013, 16:04
Yes it is!
 
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