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A Benchmark for Your Unsafe Passwords

News and warnings about data breaches and leaks abound at the moment, emphasizing the need for increased cybersecurity regardless of the industry. Microsoft’s Active Directory is often the perfect target for bad actors seeking to abuse compromised credentials. Despite the frequency of compromised credentials being the cause of data breaches, most organizations do not know whether their users’ passwords are safe. …

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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 …

Root Passwords

Root Passwords: The Root of Password Problems

The average online user has over 90 accounts between personal and work accounts that require a password. That is a daunting number of unique passwords to memorize. In an effort to remember their passwords, most users will select common “root” words with easily guessable variations. These root passwords become predictable passwords when one becomes compromised. Password Expiration Policies The situation …

Common and Bad Passwords

Preventing Common Passwords in Active Directory

Preventing common passwords in Active Directory is critical for protecting sensitive employee, user, and customer accounts. Why Should Organizations Screen for Regularly-Used Passwords? Many employees use weak passwords and are completely unaware of it. They can’t imagine their specific password is a common password that’s being chosen by other people as well. The organization and the employee both think their …