Passwords are extremely important for anyone who wishes to use the internet and keep their account secure. There are various ways of ensuring the safety of your account, your password being one of the most important if not the most important.
Here are some examples of weak passwords, if you're currently using any of these, I recommend you change them ASAP
123456789 (123456 etc)
These passwords are very common and easy to crack.
Gizmode compiled a list of the 25 most popular passwords in 2014.
The Telegraph also has a list of the most common passwords for 2017.
Methods used by hackers
This attack is one of the simplest and fastest attacks, basically the attack goes through a dictionary of words ( the most common passwords, such as the ones above) and tries each one of them, this attack will usually not work on even slightly strong passwords and only work on the most common passwords
This approach is very time consuming for the attacker as it attempts all combination possibilities, letters,numbers and special characters, this approach will not work on most websites as they limit the amount of attempts you have to login.
Very Similar to the dictionary approach with the difference being the words are hashed.
Tips for keeping a password secure
Do not use the same password, security question for multiple accounts especially important ones.
Don't use the names of family ,pets or friends in your passwords.
Do not use social security numbers, birthdays and house numbers/phone numbers
do not log onto important accounts when on a public wifi, proxy or hotspot.
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