week we watched as private photos of A-list celebrities were leaked due to
attack was believed to have targeted their usernames, passwords and security
owners are now urging their customers to be cautious when choosing their
passwords and ask them to take extra steps to ensure that their personal data
are numerous ways that hackers can assess accounts.
popular method entitled ‘Brute Force’ sees hackers collect a dictionary of all
words and commonly used passwords. They then cycle through all possible
passwords until they gain access to the account.
hackers can use a more complex method in which they try every key combination
in the effort to find the correct password. Due to the overwhelming number of
possible combinations, it can take several hours, days or months to
successfully uncover a password.
A lot of
users think their password is safe because a hacker can only make 3 attempts to
guess what it is before the account is locked.
many people don’t understand is that some hackers can break on to a website’s
server and download password files, which can then be decrypted to reveal user
log in details.
on the strength of the security measures in place on the website’s server, the
task of hacking could range from being fairly accessible to practically
How to create a strong password
stronger your password, the more protected your account will be from hackers
and various malicious software.
makes a strong password?
are advised to create a password with 8 characters or more
shouldn’t contain your name or your username
not contain a complete word
different from all other passwords
- Has a
varied amount of characters, lowercase, uppercase, numbers and symbols
effective way to make an unsolvable password is to create an acronym of an easy
to remember phrase and incorporate some of the tips above.
instance, the phrase ‘my birthday is the 2nd of September’ could be
your password could be a phrase or sequence of intentionally misspelt words.
How to avoid creating an obvious password
passwords are any passwords that can be easily guessed.
can effortlessly source personal information such as children’s names, pet
names, dates of births etc. from social media and various other places.
information a hacker knows about you, the greater the chance on average of them
figuring out your password.
summary a weak password is:
- Found in
- Has no
are considering changing all of you passwords to make them stronger and more
diverse, remember to write them down in order to remember them. Ensure they are
not labelled as passwords and are kept in a secure place.