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Cracking 16 character strong passwords in less than an hour

What if hackers also managed to crack any 16 character password? A password serves to protect your financial transactions, your social networking sites, and a host of other nominally secure websites online. People often say, don’t use dictionary words as passwords. They are horribly insecure, but what if hackers also managed to crack any 16 character password?

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Criminals or trespassers who want to crack into your digital figurative backyard will always find a way. A team of hackers has managed to crack more than 14,800 supposedly random passwords from a list of 16,449 converted into hashes using the MD5 cryptographic hash function.

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About the Author Jan Reilink

My name is Jan. I am not a hacker, coder, developer, programmer or guru. I am merely a system administrator, doing my daily thing at Vevida in the Netherlands. With over 15 years of experience, my specialties include Windows Server, IIS, Linux (CentOS, Debian), security, PHP, WordPress, websites & optimization. Want to support me and donate? Use this link:

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