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I’m a cybersecurity expert – why your password should be at least 11 characters long

A CYBER security expert has revealed the real reason your password should be 11 characters long.

Kaitlin says hackers are constantly evolving their tactics, making it easier than ever to crack code.

Katlin said passwords are becoming easier for hackers to guess

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Katlin said passwords are becoming easier for hackers to guessCredit: TikTok/cybersecuritygirl
TikToker recommends using 11-letter passwords — and claims it takes hackers 41 years to crack them

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TikToker recommends using 11-letter passwords — and claims it takes hackers 41 years to crack themCredit: TikTok/cybersecuritygirl

Speaking on TikTok, @cybersecuritygirl said her top tip for all online users is to have a good password.

This is because a six-letter, seven-character password can be guessed in just one second.

While an eight-letter password can be predicted in just over an hour.

And if that didn’t scare you, Katlin revealed that a nine-letter password can be guessed in just three days – potentially putting your online security at risk.

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As a result, TikToker recommends that you have an 11-character password.

She said your password should contain letters, characters and symbols, and not exclude well-known words and names.

She added that it would potentially take a hacker around 41 hours to crack such a combination — making it virtually impossible to crack.

It comes after experts warned millions of people could be at risk of having their private data stolen due to weak computer passwords.

Uswitch.com’s survey found that one of the biggest missteps people make is to simply handwrite their passwords on paper, Express reported.

Uswitch advises people to never write down their passwords, whether they’re on a piece of paper or in an email on your computer.

Another common mistake is using common phrases or patterns like “12345” or “qwerty”.

These types of codes are probably among the first combinations a digital intruder might try when attempting to access your digital world.

If you want to protect your accounts from hackers, another mistake that experts say you should avoid is inserting personal information.

Instead, you should find ways to turn information or a sentence into code that you will remember.

An example of this provided by Express is: T3rRy550c1alMed!Ac1234 (Terry’s social media account).

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In other tech news, WhatsApp users have been warned to change their settings immediately if there are concerns about hacks.

Also, Google was branded a “mess” after discovering an innocent two-word search turned up Nazi memorabilia.

https://www.the-sun.com/tech/5693456/cyber-security-expert-password-eleven-characters-long/ I’m a cybersecurity expert – why your password should be at least 11 characters long

Chris Barrese

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