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Automated Password-Cracking Tools Run More Than 1 Million Variations In 28 Hours

by / Thursday, 23 February 2017 / Published in News

Will a standard dictionary attack find your password in just one day? Create passwords that are more difficult to crack so you can rest assured your data is safe.

Passwords that are easy to remember.
As a personal objection to the whole password problem, many people use a word that’s very easy to remember. The most common words used, according to security experts reporting in INC. magazine, are “password” and “password1.” Some people even use a common date in standard form. Sure, these types of passwords are easy for you to remember, but they are even easier for automated password-cracking tools to guess too.

No match for a dictionary attack. 
Automated password-cracking tools can check more than a million password variations in as little as 28 hours. Passwords that have simple text included in a dictionary and simple number sequences, are easy to hack.

Toughen up your passwords. 
Passwords composed of random strings of upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation can usually withstand an attack pretty well, but they are more difficult to remember. So, what can you do to toughen up your password, but still make it easy to remember?

Mnemonic devices could save you.
Here is a great tactic to help you create a difficult-to-break password that is easy  to remember.
Take the first letter of each word in a sentence and swap out numbers or a symbol here and there. Add natural capitalizations like “I” and Names, then throw in some punctuation at the end. Here is a great example:
When I was 5 I learned to ride a bike. Password:  WIw5Il2rab.