Test Password Strength
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There are several utilities on line that you can use test the strength of a password. Kaspersky Lab (which was rated as having the best virus protection software in 2015 by AV Comparatives - see the Tip of the Night for February 15, 2016) has a password checker here, It will give you estimate as to how long it will take someone to crack your password. If you just use a few digits, your password can be cracked in a number of seconds. It can a few years to crack a password that uses a combination of numbers, special symbols, upper case letter, and lower case numbers.
The site, http://www.passwordmeter.com will show you which features of your password are making it stronger or weaker. Repeating characters or using consecutive lower case letters will make your password weaker.
Keep in mind that password cracking programs have libraries not just of commonly used words from dictionaries and books, but commonly used passwords. A password strength tester may indicate that a password with any combination of upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers and special characters is a strong password. The Kaspersky password checker accounts for commonly used combinations. So if you test the password, 'Abc123??' Kaspersky will let you know that this password can be cracked in 3 minutes.