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Passwords and Brute Force Attacks

Even though your admin panel or FTP accounts are supposed to only be accessed by you and a select few individuals, passwords are often the only thing stopping bad actors from gaining unauthorized access.

One such instance is when you receive multiple Failed Login Attempts. This is known as a brute force attack, where bots are continuously trying to login by guessing the most common passwords. These bots are relentless and have nothing but time on their hands to try and guess your password. The harder the password, the less likely they are of getting into your personal accounts.

What Makes a Good Password?

Let’s review a few of the key considerations to making a strong password.

Predictability

You might have been told this before, but Password123!, or 123456, or any obvious combination of sequential numbers and letters will be guessed very easily. It’s also not wise to use your birthday or name, as these pieces of information can be found without much effort by anyone on the web.

Length

The longer your password, the better. If you have more characters, mathematically your password already has a higher probability of not being guessed. More characters equals a stronger password!

 

Complexity

Adding numbers and unique characters will set your password apart. Anyone can use their dog’s name, Harry, as their password. By adding numbers, characters, and a mixture of lower and upper case letters, the original Harry becomes obscured as &H4RrY)*7 – and therefore much harder to guess.