Password Security

How Passwords are Cracked

1. Guessing – Sometimes a hacker will just take random guesses.

  • How to Prevent – Use ‘”strong” passwords. Be unpredictable, use longer passwords with numbers, variable casing and special characters. Don’t use the same password for everything!

2. Brute Force Attacks – Other hackers utilize tools that generate a ton of password combinations.

  • How To Prevent – Again, using longer stronger passwords makes brute force attacks much more difficult to succeed. Also asking a developer to limit the number of times a password can be submitted will help by locking the hacker out.

3. Phishing – A “fake” website disguised as the original that sends your password to the hacker.

  • How To Prevent – Be cautious of unfamiliar websites or links. If anything seems suspicious on a website make sure that the URL of the website makes sense. Simply verify that the address does indeed match the websites domain!

4. Invisible malware – A virus that, once infected, the hacker can ‘watch’ you type in your passwords.

  • How to Prevent – Make sure you’re regularly running updates to your operating system. Don’t click flashy or unfamiliar links. Be cautious of suspicious emails. Make sure your firewall is active. And use some sort of malware protection software

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How To Remember all of your Passwords?

Having a ton of different passwords for different logins can be a mess; it’s likely the reason users still use the same passwords for all of their logins. Furthermore, some users are writing their passwords down on paper which is also not a good idea!

So how is anyone supposed to organize all of these ‘strong’ and long passwords that are tough to remember? The answers is Third party software.

Password Safe – Is a good option for Windows users! (Click link to download)

Password Safe – Here is a link to pw safe for Mac or iPhone users! (Can be downloaded in the Mac Store)

Password Safe – Here is a link for Android users to download to your device!