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New research is out that supports the need to have 12 character online passwords instead of 8. CNN reports the findings of Georgia Tech researchers who explain that 12 character passwords are the new way to go: “It’s hard to say what will happen in the future, but for now, 12-character passwords should be the standard, said Richard Boyd, a senior research scientist who also worked on the project. The researchers recommend 12-character passwords — as opposed to those with 11 or, say, 13 characters — because that number strikes a balance between “convenience and security.” They assumed a sophisticated hacker might be able to try 1 trillion password combinations per second. In that scenario, it takes 180 years to crack an 11-character password, but there’s a big jump when you add just one more character — 17,134 years.”
This is good news to have in hand as schools start the school year. With the rollout of laptops or email accounts, schools need to underscore the importance of longer, more complex passwords, not only for internal systems management like email, but also for kids and parents to know for their outside web browsing and histories.
The challenge with passwords, at any age, is how to remember them. Years ago, the big deal for parents was to make sure kids memorized their home phone number (and that was relatively easy to do because of the 7 digit limit of phone numbers). Now parents and educators need to drill into kids the need to create and then memorize their 12 character passwords. With mulitple mail accounts and online identities, with social gaming, for example, kids have a lot to keep track of. Remarkably, they are able to do so.