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Passwords: Making Them Hard to Crack

Why work on making your passwords stronger? Hackers will attack the low-hanging fruit first. What attackers will do is steal the storage of passwords on a vulnerable screen. These passwords are encrypted, but with tools like Pwdump, Airodump-Ng and the Meterpreter, hackers can take as much time as they need to crack your password.

The best way to make your password less appetizing is to choose a random set of characters in the maximum length your account or system will accept:

Here’s what you can do to deter hackers: Create a passphrase. A passphrase that’s long and uses all available character types works best. For example, say you like mountain biking and hiking. Now, take the phrase and convert it into a single string of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters: I<3mtnb1K1ng&H1k1ng. It’s critical to intersperse special characters and numbers as well as to use both upper- and lowercase letters.

Splitting the password into three chunks reveals what might be remembered as three short pronounceable words. People are better at memorizing passwords that can be chunked either because they find meaning in the chunks or because they can more easily add their own meaning through mnemonics.

Password-thieving hackers are everywhere, and they know that people commonly reuse passwords. We need different passwords for every site and program we use. Here’s where password management software can come into play: Solutions like these are essential for critical business systems. Make sure you’re on top of your personal and business passwords.

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