A couple of family members have had warnings this week from the exceedingly awesome site Have I Been Pwned, that their details have been found in the wild. So, this is my attempt at making something easy to read and understand for my parents, siblings, and anyone else who may not be the most technically minded, but recognize the need to try and be safe.
Something that needs pointing out — you’re not really a target. The vast majority of people out there are of little net value individually — it’s not worth a hacker’s time to try and crack their way into your account where you have maybe a couple of grand in the bank and an average line of credit. …
With my fairly average graphics card — Radeon RX-590 (https://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=Radeon+RX+590&id=4025), for a given keyspace. More recent cards will be quicker. Next year, more recent cards will be quicker still!
7 characters, uppercase, lowercase, and numeric — around 8 minutes:
7 truly random characters, under 3 hours: