I have recently tried some password cracking tools. These programs are very good are cracking a password. They can tell the user how long it could take. Simple dictionary words and numbers can take a few minutes. As soon as you adding punctuation and special characters that number jumps to days. The more characters will make jump even more days.
Pass phrases are better. Here is an example: Be here @8!
Basic tips for good passwords are as follows.
- Minimum of 8 characters
- Capitalize a character or two
- Add special characters.
- Avoid dictionary words.