What’s the magic word?
Apparently cracking a 11-character password with lowercase letters and numbers plus a single symbol takes under 3 weeks if you have a lot of computing power.
If you only have a few powerful computers it will take 54 years.
I think the author forgot to add that it will take 54 years “using today’s technology” and did not adjust for the fact that the computing power doubles every 18 months. This is still true for GPUs and CPUs may start improving like this again in a few years with manycore architectures. One may argue that we will eventually hit a wall once we get down to a few molecules, but there’s still quantum computing and optical computing to explore, so computers will keep getting faster in the years to come.
It looks like no password is safe.