If you use passwords with the name of your favorite bands, the chance of being hacked is higher. That was the UK government’s conclusion on Internet safety. Among the most hacked in the world, there are band names like “Metallica”, “Slipknot” and “Blink182”.
The list also includes names of fictional characters like “Superman”, “Batman”, “Pokemon” and others. Obvious numerals are also a risk. “123456” and “123456789” were used by more than 30 million people hacked.
“Reusable passwords are a risk that can be avoided,” said Dr. Ivan Levy of the Internet safety commission. “Nobody should protect data with passwords like first name, football team or favorite band. Be creative and use memorable words for you, so no one can figure out your password.”
Hackers use multiple methods for trying to get into your accounts. The most rudimentary way is to personally target you and manually type in letters, numbers, and symbols to guess your password.
The more advanced method is to use what is known as a “brute force attack.” In this technique, a computer program runs through every possible combination of letters, numbers, and symbols as fast as possible to crack your password. The longer and more complex your password is, the longer this process takes. Passwords that are three characters long take less than a second to crack.
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