password security

How scammers can hack your password

In my post on Malwares, we discussed the relative importance of malwares. In the analogy, I described a hacker as a door specialist and a scammer as a burglar. So many of the tools the burglar (scammer) use are malwares. Taking the most basic approach, I would say the best way to keep scammers at bay is being vigilant and password security is very important.

The relative difficulty of bypassing a password is called password strength. Passwords that contain more than 7 characters create a milestone for hackers and thieves. And do not be mistaken, I do not mean that as long as your password contains characters more than 7 characters, you are safe. I'm only telling you that long passwords are relatively more difficult to bypass as compared to shorter ones. 

   Make sure that your password do not just contain a word from the dictionary: Doing so will make you susceptible to dictionary attacks. Examples of passwords that are susceptible to dictionary attacks are - ( "alienate", "courageous", "mathematics" ): These words can be found in the dictionary, making it dangerous to be used as a serious password. If you want or need to form a password that contains a word from the dictionary, care to add  numbers, random characters and symbols (like: mathematics@#2167/) or applying letter casing techniques (like: "MatheMatics103&$1", "Abbr40Hrl4Noa:$1?"). No need to make things difficult for yourself; just combine and apply these techniques and make sure you can easily remember your password.

Be sure to change your password every 2-3months

   And yes, don't tell me that you can't use auto-generated passwords. Auto-generated passwords are reliable but human-created ones are more difficult to crack and understand. Lastly, don't allow yourself to be manipulated or "socially engineered" it is quite annoying and frustrating. Don't be fooled.


Good luck..

Password security

Password security