You know how websites have requirements for password length and complexity? Well, as annoying as it can be, they have those parameters in place for a reason. It is incredibly easy for hackers to figure out your passwords using the power of commercially available graphics cards.

Credit: NVIDIA

Graphics cards like the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti are being used by hackers to create (relatively) affordable password cracking systems. A test run last year by servethehome.com proved that a modern system can crack a 7 character password in 9 seconds. 9 SECONDS! That’s about how long it took me to type this sentence- so basically, no time at all. And even worse, the systems that use the new NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti cards instead of the basic NVIDIA GTX 1080 cards run 25% faster.

Credit: NVIDIA

The systems used in servethehome.com’s test used 8 of these cards (which would still be quite expensive), but the commercial availability of these graphics cards means anyone with the resources could potentially hack your accounts.

In short- hackers are evolving, and cracking passwords is easier than it’s ever been. Make your passwords more complex to keep your information and accounts safe. Even if it seems like a hassle, trust me, it’s worth it.

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