How hackers invade your account? This is about brute-force and dictionary attacks.
Brute-force & dictionary attacks
Brute-force is an attack in which cybercriminals decode passwords, personal identification numbers (PINs), and other forms of login data by leveraging automated software to test as large amounts of combinations as possible.
Besides, Dictionary attacks is a brute-force technique where attackers try those common words and phrases, such as those from a dictionary, to guess passwords. In fact, many people often use simple and easy passwords on their accounts. That means dictionary attacks can be easily successful while requiring fewer resources to try.
But is Brute-force really terrible? Absolutely not. Below are 5 tips which can help you to protect your account.
- Set up multi-factor authentication where possible
- Use biometrics in lieu of passwords, for example fingerprints and FaceID
- Force account resets after a certain number of failed attempts and set questions after failing
- Eqiup Captchas to prevent automated log-in attempts
- Ensure passwords are encrypted