Before we begin, why should learning how to write a secure password be of more importance to you? As if John Brennan, John Podesta, Hillary Clinton and the DNC aren’t evidence enough, all you really need to know is that if a hacker of any type gets and/or breaks the password to a single one of the plethora of online accounts that I am sure you own, then they can in all probability obtain the IP address of the device(s) used to post content on that account.
This is important to understand because once a hacker obtains your “IP-Address,” you have essentially been what we call in the industry “pwned.” Meaning that, theoretically, the hacker will have access to anything you have ever done on that computer, phone or device, including things like bank accounts, browser history, emails – et cetera. IP addresses are also critical to gaining remote access to devices.
As I also explained in a previous article on cyber security, “you can have the most advanced cyber security or anti-virus in place, but if you do not have a strong enough password to secure your devices or accounts, all your security measures are essentially worthless.” Moreover, “it is a statistical fact that more people are hacked as a result of weak passwords than any other single factor.” This is why encryption – aka passwords – should be much more important to you. With that said, learning how to write and remember strong passwords is not nearly as hard or complicated as people might think, in fact it is rather easy once you understand the core concept.
Lesson 1 – Password Length:
To unlock someones password, “law enforcement authorities” and/or “hackers” will either run something known as a “Brute Force Attack” or “Dictionary Attack” against it, in an attempt to break or de-crypt the numbers, letters and symbols contained within the password itself. One by one over time, these software programs will slowly decrypt the password, just like cracking the numbers to open a vault or safe.
Quite simply, the more complicated/randomized the sequence of numbers, letters and symbols in your password are, and the longer the password is, the longer it takes hackers to break. Moreover, each letter, number or symbol you add on to the end of your password literally makes it exponentially harder for even the most sophisticated programs to crack. For example, here are estimates from the FBI regarding how long it takes them to crack lengthier encrypted passwords.
- seven-digit passcodes will take up to 9.2 days, and on average 4.6 days, to crack
- eight-digit passcodes will take up to three months, and on average 46 days, to crack
- nine-digit passcodes will take up to 2.5 years, and on average 1.2 years, to crack
- 10-digit passcodes will take up to 25 years, and on average 12.6 years, to crack
- 11-digit passcodes will take up to 253 years, and on average 127 years, to crack
- 12-digit passcodes will take up to 2,536 years, and on average 1,268 years, to crack
- 13-digit passcodes will take up to 25,367 years, and on average 12,683 years, to crack
Lesson 2: LEET or “1337” Language:
L33t Language is a way of replacing letters with numbers and symbols in everyday sentences and it is perhaps the most basic form of encoding used to encrypt messages. To understand how it works, here are some quick examples:
Normal Statement: BankruptMedi4 or TheDailyProletariat or Elitepassword
L33t Version: 84nkru97M3di4 or 7h3D@i1y9r0L37@Ri@7 or 31it3p4$$w0rd
It doesn’t necessarily have to be that complicated and you don’t necessesarily have to replace as many letters with numbers and symbols, those are just examples of how it works. You can run a dictionary attack at “84nkru97M3di4” or “7h3D@i1y9r0L37@Ri@7” all day long, go ahead – have fun. To make the password even stronger mix in capitalized and un-capitalized letters throughout.
I think I have explained the concept easily enough? To make an un-hackable password simply take a name, phrase, short sentence – et cetera – that is personable to you and convert it into l33t language, then use that as your new password. Not only will it be impossible to break, but it should be fairly easy for you to remember. And as always, use two-factor-authentication whenever possible.
Learn More About Two-Factor Authentication: https://bankruptmedia.com/2018/01/27/security-essentials-2-factor-authentication/
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