Redefining Password Security: Unmasking the Myth

Posted October 30, 2023

At Uptech Ltd, we’re on a mission to redefine the way you think about password security. Think your lengthy passwords are unbeatable? Think again. It’s high time we had a candid conversation about safeguarding your digital world.

Recent research has uncovered a stark revelation – even those beefy 15-character passwords can fall victim to compromise. Yes, you heard it right. The idea that longer is always better is a myth we’re here to debunk.

Surprisingly, the eight-character password takes the crown as the most compromised length. But if you’re using a longer one, don’t relax just yet. Shockingly, the 15-character password also ranks among the top ten most compromised lengths.

You might wonder, “How could this happen?” The answer isn’t solely in the password’s length; it lies in its content and whether you reuse it across multiple sites.

The unfortunate reality is that the most compromised eight-character password is the infamous “password” itself, while the 15-character champion of compromise is “Sym_newhireOEIE.”

Doesn’t exactly instill confidence, does it?

The issue isn’t limited to individuals. Businesses like yours face high risks as well. Alarmingly, 86% of all cyberattacks start with stolen credentials. That’s nearly nine out of ten attacks. Can you afford to take this lightly?

Indeed, longer passwords offer resistance to brute force attacks. An eight-character password can be cracked in mere minutes, while a robust 15-character one might take up to 37 million years if it’s truly random and varied. Impressive, no doubt.

But remember, this is just a piece of the puzzle. Length alone won’t shield you from stolen credentials via phishing attacks.

The solution? Invest in a robust business password manager. Not only will it generate lengthy, randomized passwords for you, but it’ll also remember and autofill them in login fields.

Additionally, implement two-factor authentication, which requires a separate device-generated code to prove your identity. Even if cybercriminals manage to crack your password, they won’t access your data.

If you’re serious about fortifying your business’s security, reach out to us. At Uptech Ltd, we’re committed to keeping your business better protected.