PassGAN How to protect yourself from AI password guessing

You might think your online passwords are strong enough to prevent attackers from breaking into your apps, stealing your money, and hacking your Amazon and eBay accounts. But thanks to artificial intelligence, your password isn't as strong as you thought.

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A “password guessing” platform that uses AI, called PassGAN (from the password generative adversarial network) was able to find 51% of the passwords it tried to crack in less than 60 seconds. It was able to crack 71% of passwords in less than a day. This of course is scary. The Home Security Heroes published the results of a study that used PassGAN to try to crack 15,6 million passwords.

Time It Takes Using AI to Crack Your Password [2023]

# OF
character
Numbers Only Lowercase Letters Lowercase Upper & Letters Numbers, Upper & Lowercase Letters Numbers, Upper & Lowercase Letters, Symbols
4 instantly instantly instantly instantly instantly
5 instantly instantly instantly instantly instantly
6 instantly instantly instantly instantly 4 Seconds
7 instantly instantly 22 Seconds 42 Seconds 6 Minutes
8 instantly 3 Seconds 19 Minutes 48 Minutes 7 Hours
9 instantly 1 Minutes 11 Hours 2 Days 2 Weeks
10 instantly 1 Hours 4 Weeks 6 Months 5 Years
11 instantly 23 Hours 4 Years 38 Years 356 Years
12 25 Seconds 3 Weeks 289 Years 2K Years 30K Years
13 3 Minutes 11 Months 16K Years 91K Years 2M Years
14 36 Minutes 49 Years 827K Years 9M Years 187M Years
15 5 Hours 890 Years 47M Years 613M Years 14Bn Years
16 2 Days 23K Years 2Bn Years 26Bn Years 1Tn Years
17 3 Weeks 812K Years 539.72M Years 2Tn Years 95Tn Years
18 10 Months 22M Years 7.23Bn Years 96Tn Years 6Qn Years

Research has shown that 51% of common passwords can be cracked using AI in less than a minute. 65% of these passwords can be cracked in less than an hour. AI can find 71% of common passwords in less than a day, and 81% of common passwords can be cracked in less than a month. PassGAN has the ability to “autonomously learn the distribution of real passwords from leaked passwords.”

To protect yourself from the AI ​​password guessing platform, you should have passwords that are at least 12 characters long using a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.

A 12-character password consisting only of numbers can be cracked in less than 25 seconds. Using uppercase and lowercase letters, it will take 289 years to crack, and if you add numbers, uppercase, lowercase and symbols, your password could be safe from artificial intelligence for the next 30.000 years.

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