The Georgia Institute of Technology, a school only a few miles away from me, revealed some interesting results from their intense research this week.
According to CNN, “The researchers used clusters of graphics cards to crack eight-character passwords in less than two hours.” Yes, that means every eight-character password possible. Nice!
What does this mean? Well, based on the fact that a smart as hell hacker can try one trillion password combos per second, if we make our passwords longer, say twelve characters, it would take them an additional 17,134 years to crack all the codes. I know what you are thinking. I don’t want to have to remember twelve character passwords either. Geeezz… we aren’t robots. We could always do what Geek Sugar suggests and just switch to a thumbprint recognition system. I think at this point I would go for that!