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Requiring eight-character passwords and adding mixed case, numbers, and special characters, makes it nearly impossible to crack through a brute force effort with the technology available today. The figures below show estimated times to crack password combinations, assuming 100,000 encryption operations per second (source: geodsoft.com).
|Password||Time to Crack||Description|
|gcbwts||25 minutes||Six lower case letters.|
|gcbwtsbn||12 days||Eight lower case letters.|
|gc12bwt1||5 months||Eight lower case letters with numbers.|
|Gc12Bwtl||8.5 years||Eight mixed case letters with numbers.|
|Gc!12Bw%||> 72 years||Eight mixed case letters, numbers, special characters.|
As technology becomes faster, the time to crack passwords will shrink. The standard of eight characters using mixed case, numbers and special characters will provide the state with a needed additional level of protection.