Create a Secure Password

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Knowing how passwords are cracked can help you create better passwords.

Picture two Formula Ones speeding down a track. They weave around each other, locked in an intense race. The drivers must be clever. The tiniest move could lead one car to victory and another to defeat.

Password security is like this Formula One race. Hackers are constantly creating new techniques to break passwords. We, the internet users, must be clever in order to stay in the lead.

We want passwords that are easy to remember, but hard to crack. So what makes a password good? To understand this, let’s look at common hacking attacks.

Brute Force Attack

If you’re trying to rob a house, an elegant solution is to pick the lock. A brute force solution is to break down the door.

For guessing passwords, the brute force solution is to try every single combination. This is an enormous, slow job. But computers are getting faster every day. Passwords that were safe five years ago can now be brute forced in a couple days.

The best way to defeat brute force attacks is to use long passwords. That way, it takes longer for hackers to try every single combination and find the right one.

 

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