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How They Crack Your Password

How They Crack Your Password



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Published by Nick
Ever wonder how hacker hack your password
Ever wonder how hacker hack your password

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Published by: Nick on Feb 20, 2008
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How they crack your password
Imagine the situation:They are trying to break into your computer, for which they need to know your password.You have an Internet or internal network connection(s), so they can use password crackingscheme over your connected network.They also use computer that does most of the work by having it try out all possiblepasswords according to some strategy they supply. Passwords are combination of up to 19characters, made up of letters, numbers and special symbols. This means there is anenormous number of possible passwords. However, with a computer and the Password-Cracking software [that can be freely downloaded from internet by anyone], it would takethem under two weeks to try out all possible combinations and succeed.The following 5 scenarios will give you an idea of the tactics and the amount of time it takesfor a hacker to learn your password(s).
1- Combinations used 
 - names of people, pets and places;- favorite things - football teams, foods etc.;- words of things related to their work or computer use - monitor, book titles, 'password' etc.A lot of people choose things that have some personal meaning to them, because they areinstantly memorable. And, of course, easy to guess by anyone.
Time to crack 
 10 seconds ______________________________________ 
2- Combinations used 
- based on dictionaries.Dictionary words in English or other likely localized languages
Time to crack 
 1 Minute ______________________________________ 
3- Combinations used 
 - adding numbers (chocolate14);- changing letters to numbers (ch0c01ate);- changing letters to symbols ( choco!@te );- spelling words backwards ( etalocohc ).Some people use one of the above and alter it in a predictable manner. Again easy to guessby anyone.
Time to crack 
 10 Minutes ______________________________________ 
4- Combinations used 
 - all possible combinations.( X$y3#5w )Strong password with all possible combinations. These passwords are hard to crack, butalso hard to remember by the user. So they ends up on a sticky pad around thier desk -which defeats the purpose of having a complex password.

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