A password is a way to identify yourself and gain access to a system or a website. The whole reason for the existence of a password is that it must be kept a secret, so that only those who know it can have access to the resources it protects.
There are a lot of studies in the computer world that indicate that about half of the passwords that are chosen are easily reconstructed or divined by a cyber-attacker. Among the most common errors that allow this to occur are as follows;
No change in the default password
This is a very common error, for example, in wireless the internet routers that the users do not change the auto assigned password.
Choose the personal data as a password
The user choose their personal info such as bank account number, name of the couple, birthday, telephone number, name of the children or family.
Choose a word that is in a list
Even if it is a word that is in another language, it is still available in a list.
The computers today are fast enough to form the possible combinations of the passwords that are less than 7 characters long. Therefore, it is general advised to have a 15 character password for better security.
Passwords are classified as strong or weak based on how easy it is to discover a user’s password, either by a person who knows it or by a computer that tries to use millions of the combinations. You have to keep in mind that strong passwords can still be stolen, either by obtaining the history of a keyboard, recorded by a communication device or a malware, or copied from the notes left unattended.
In fact, you play the most important role in protecting your password. If it is a password for an online website and it has the option of activating the use of two-step verification, it is highly recommended that you use it. To name a few, you can turn on two-step verification on Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
To check if you have a strong security password, Telepathwords is a wepage created by the Microsoft Research Division with the intention of helping you discover if the password you have thought is a weak password or a strong password.
Telepathwords tries to guess the next character that makes up your password. For example, if you type ‘P’, the algorithm of Telepathwords has as a logical option that the letter that follows is ‘a’ and if you type that letter, it marks it with ‘X’.
The process continues for each and every one of the characters that make up your password. The more ‘X’ you have collected, the more likely to be guessed is your password, especially by hackers.