Thanks to powerful brute-force-attack software readily available online, hackers can try tens of millions of possible password combinations per second. For example, hacking software can guess a five-character password in under three hours. If you only use lowercase letters, it’s 11.9 seconds.

Even without tools like this helping make a hacker’s job easier, you already know you need to have a better password than “password” if you have any hope of keeping hackers out of your PC. And yet, coming up with a strong password seems like an impossible task for most people.


A good password needs to be eight characters long at minimum – but the longer, the better – and have a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols that are used in a hard to guess order.

We don’t recommend using dictionary words with proper capitalization because they’re easy to guess, like “Password123#”. Even though it meets the above requirements, it’s easily hacked; remember, hackers have sophisticated software that will run 24/7/365.

A quick tip for remembering your password: use a phrase and insert letters and numbers into it, like “$h@KeNb8ke”. It’s basically gibberish as far as hacking software is concerned, but it lets you log in to your account without having to write anything down.