If you wanted to add more security to your number sequence, you would want to increase the length of the overall sequence and use more numbers than just 1-6. By making these easy and simple changes, you would increase the difficulty of guessing the secret sequence immensely.
Now let’s take this example and apply it to passwords. Hackers regularly perform an attack known as a “Brute Force”, where they are attempting to guess account passwords. Hackers can use computer programs to automate this attack so they can attempt thousands of passwords in just seconds. These brute force attacks can be carried out where an attacker has the program randomly guess characters and numbers in a sequence until they obtain access to the account.
Hackers frequently use a brute force method, known as a “Dictionary Attack”. This type of attack uses common words that one would find in a dictionary, to guess an account’s password. Hackers will include numbers and special characters with these words, so the chances of them guessing your password are increased.
So, how exactly does one protect themselves from a hacker guessing their password or obtaining the password from a brute force attack? Just like in our example, we can increase the complexity of our passwords. By making simple changes to increase the complexity of your account passwords, such as using longer passwords, with more complexity in the characters (i.e. special characters, numbers, and a mixture of lower case and capitalized letters), you can reduce the risk of your account’s password being guessed by a hacker. This will protect your personal, business, or sensitive information from being stolen by hackers.
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Posted by Kyle Rauschelbach with additional contributors Mike Harber, Brendan Kenney & Max Winterburn