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Latest News Thanks to rapid increases in computing power, your confidential information is probably not safe unless you use a 12-digit randomized password, experts say. Recent research from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) indicates that to defeat a new generation of encryption cracking software, passwords need a length of at least 12 randomized characters consisting of letters, numbers and symbols. Anything else a keyword, a birthday or a pattern of symbols makes you an easy mark.

"Eight-character passwords are inadequate now ... If eight characters is all you use, and if you restrict your characters to only alphabetic letters, it can be cracked in minutes," said Richard Boyd, a senior researcher at GTRI.

The need for increasingly complex security measures comes from two weapons in the hacker arsenal: commercial quality code breaking software and the supercomputer power of graphics cards and botnets, said Joshua Davis, a research scientists at GTRI.

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