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How secure is my email password? How quickly can my app account be cracked? And how long does it take a hacker to crack my iCloud password? Some tools on the internet aim to provide answers to these questions. However, one can wonder how useful it is to enter one's own (actually secret) passwords in a web tool. Therefore, in addition to the links to a few of the password checkers, this guide also gives you one or two tips on how to use them. So your passwords stay secret, and you still know how safe they are;)
How secure the password is for the email account, for an app or for the iCloud, you can theoretically determine with an infographic. There are, among other things at Hive Systems or in the following as a picture. From this you can see that the most secure passwords are long, contain upper and lower case letters, have numbers and also have special characters (&,%, $, #, + or the like). A password is really safe if it has a green background in the infographic, i.e. only 13 characters or more. Purple and red highlighted cells in the table mean that the password can be cracked very quickly.
In addition to the overview, which tells you how many letters, numbers and special characters you should use, there are also web tools with text fields in which you can enter your passwords. They are then checked in real time, so that you can see directly how quickly a hacker can crack the password - not just by trying it out, but with a brute force attack (see below). A tip: if the original password STEVE & apple941 type something like HELGA§846micro instead. So you use the same length and number of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, special characters and numbers, but you change the order and the characters themselves.
"Brute Force" means something like "Brute Force". The hacking method so named is based on trying as many password options as possible in as little time as possible. First of all, of course, individual letters, letter-number combinations and frequently used words are used. A long password that only consists of a word and a series of numbers (for example "Password12345") is not as secure as a string of the same length that is more complex and randomized (for example "1PW2 # + 34apfel"). You will find an insight into the topic of "Relationship between brute force attacks and password lengths" with this link.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.