password based security myths

Busting the Myths Surrounding Password-Based Security

People have been relying on password-based security for millennia. The Roman military reportedly used what they called “watchwords” to identify soldiers on patrol. Exclusive groups and guilds used secret passwords to prove membership. The phrase “open sesame” protected hidden treasure in the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. In more recent times, the world’s first computer passwords were installed …

RockYou2021

Demystifying RockYou2021

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the RockYou2021 breached password list. Many articles have been published about this incident and password lists associated with it. However, some reported information is misleading or downright wrong. Let’s dive into what the RockYou2021 list means for you and organizations worldwide. What is RockYou2021? For a quick recap, RockYou2021 …

dictionary

Blocking Basic Dictionary Words is not Enough

For many organizations, password security comes down to simply implementing blocks on basic dictionary words from being used in the creation of a user’s password. This is not an effective way to secure passwords and may in fact make the creation of a secure password more difficult. There are many ways to improve password security that go beyond blocking dictionary …

password hack

Pride and Passwords: Top Hacking Methods & How to Prevent Them

Cybersecurity is becoming a pressing issue for IT professionals in all fields. There are headlines every week about data breaches of all sizes and the attacks themselves come from many angles. This article details the password attack methods hackers frequently used against enterprises and provides solutions as to how your business can prevent damage or breaches. 1. Dictionary Attacks A …

prevent password cracking

The Ways to Prevent Password Cracking

Cracking dictionaries are software programs that compile lists of unique words, common passwords, and iterations of common passwords. These words are collected from public domain files from multiple sources and in various formats. With cracking dictionaries, hackers narrow the universe of possible passwords to try. Instead of a brute force attack that tries every possible character combination, the hacker can …

Password Cracking Dictionaries

Cracking Dictionaries

Passwords are the standard authentication factor across sites and systems, but how we deal with passwords has changed over time. Today, password hashing is a critical security measure organizations should leverage to protect passwords. Because many organizations leverage password hashing to protect passwords, cracking dictionaries have evolved to crack those password hashes. Cracking dictionaries are large lists of data, often …