A 16-character password may be just as susceptible to a hacking attempt as a short password, according to a recent Specops Software report.

Using easily guessable, duplicate, and simple passwords may make it easier for you to remember, but it also makes it easier for hackers to hijack your accounts. With a booming market for individuals selling data and credentials, it is now more important than ever that organizations are implementing safer and more intentional cyber practices.

How do these attacks happen?

Hackers bypass predictable passwords through a variety of methods.

1) Dictionary Attack:

  – Hackers use predefined lists for likely passwords.

  – Includes common phrases, frequently used passwords, and industry-specific terms.

2) Brute Force Attack:

  – Uses software to try all character combinations.

  – Shorter/less complex passwords are more at risk for this form of attack

3) Mask Attack:

  – A form of brute forcing with known password elements.

  – Reduces guesses by targeting specific password constructions.

  – Knowledge of patterns speeds up brute force attempts.

4) Threat of Keyboard Walks:

Involves using adjacent keyboard characters for passwords.

 – Despite not forming real words, common patterns are targeted in attacks.

Use Safer Password-Keeping Methods

Using unique and complex passwords for each account may seem overwhelming or impossible to remember. Fortunately, there are solutions to keep you secure and organized when creating your passwords.

Password keepers do the heavy lifting by creating unique passwords for you and storing them in one safe and secure platform. That way, you can keep all of your passwords in one place without sacrificing security for convenience.  Additionally, enable 2FA as an added layer of defense for your accounts. It only takes 30 seconds to do and can save you a major cyber headache in the long run.

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