A simple password for an important site (social network account, bank account, etc.) is potentially a very big problem, because even a novice cybercriminal can easily crack a code like "123456" or "pasha120896" and will do it in a few seconds! How to protect yourself? By Kurt Muehl, security consultant at RedTeam Security and "white hacker".
In order to secure your accounts in banking services, social networks and other sites, you first need to use a strong password. A strong password is a password that will be difficult to predict, “crack” or figure out in any way. Ideally, it should be a set of arbitrary characters, including upper and lower case letters, as well as numbers and special characters.
It is quite difficult to come up with such a password right off the bat, and here special utilities - password managers - will come to the rescue. They automatically generate strings of arbitrary characters for each site you select. You do not need to remember these passwords, since they will be stored in the password manager, but the password for the manager will have to be remembered.
Despite their convenience, password managers are not to everyone's liking. If you are one of them, we have prepared for you some tips to help you come up with an easy-to-remember, yet strong password. Of course, the native "12345678" is much easier to remember, but hacking it will not be difficult.
How to come up with a password so that you never forget it
The easiest way to do this is to take a sentence that you know well and use the first letters of each word for your password. For example, the words from the famous song "Java" by the Gaza Strip:
This offer will give you the password Mndi16lzyadd. Next, transliterate letters from Cyrillic to Latin (Mndi16lzydd). As a result, you get a much stronger password. True, it would be nice to make it longer by a couple of characters, preferably special ones - the dollar sign ($), exclamation mark, "hash" (#), etc.
Take the name of the service or site for which you are coming up with a password and write it backwards (for example, for Twitter it will be rettiwt);
After each letter, put the numbers of your date of birth (if you were born on April 1, 1986, this will be r4e1t1t9i8w6t);
Capitalize the first letter and end it with an exclamation point (R4e1t1t9i8w6t!).
If you do not know what the secret is, such a password seems to be just a combination of unrelated characters. There are lower and upper case letters, numbers and punctuation marks - by all parameters, this is a strong password. Even if it is difficult for you to remember it, you can always restore it using the algorithm described above. You won't forget the name of the site and your date of birth.
Of course, the passwords obtained by the methods described above cannot be called one hundred percent resistant to cracking. For hackers using familiar password guessing attacks, it will be too tough.
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And what does the expression "guess passwords" mean?
Is the hacker sitting at the computer and trying one after another possible combinations? Of course not! Everything is automated - Muhl says that in such cases he simply opens a special program called John the Ripper and loads into it a text file downloaded from a hacker forum with a list of "commonplace" words - the names of football teams, definitions from the dictionary, numbers, etc. … Therefore, it is better to forget about passwords like spartak92 - a cybercriminal will guess it pretty quickly. However, a hacker's life can be complicated by a long password made of ordinary words:
It's another matter that sooner or later this will happen anyway - since these are common words, John the Ripper will give the desired combination after some time. But the technique described above will not let you down - after all, with its help you get not a word, but a meaningless set of letters and numbers. Another useful tip: keep your password as long as possible (10-20 characters). The more symbols, the longer it will take to sort through all the possible options.
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