Could someone really hurt you if they had your password? Your password is like a key to a lock. With your password, threatening email could be sent from your account. Items could be purchased on web sites where you have enabled one-click shopping. Your bank and other sensitive account information could be accessed and used without your knowledge. Your credit rating could be affected. Your identity could be stolen. People could get access to University systems that contain sensitive employee, student, and financial information.
Security is your responsibility. Help keep your information and University of Wyoming data safe by using a secure password. Below are some tips on keeping crackers at bay.
It is important to use a strong password for your accounts. The easiest way for someone to gain access to your accounts is to figure out your password. It is easier to crack a password than you might think! For example, if you only use 6 characters in your password, and they are all lowercase (abc), a password cracking program can crack your password in under 5 seconds! The chart below gives the approximate times to crack sample passwords of different lengths with different possible characters on a modern Supercomputer, trying 1 billion combinations per second:
|Password||Maximum Time To Crack|
|SUBLIMATE||1 hour, 30 minutes|
|ChEckE12||60 hours, 30 minutes|
|ChE+K-M8||83 days, 12 hours|
Here are some tips for creating a secure password.