Brute-force Attack

A brute-force attack entails a persistent and repeated guessing method used to decipher an encryption key, PIN, or password to access a protected platform, device, or account. Brute-force attacks are mostly specialised automated tools capable of attempting thousands of various password combinations per second.

Examples of Brute-force attack 

  • Credential recycling attacks: This involved hackers utilising previously leaked credentials to access the user’s related accounts.
  • Dictionary attacks: These involve hackers making use of popular symbols or phrase combinations to guess the user’s login details.

Stopping a brute-force attack

  • Using a unique password is important since reverse brute-force attacks target accounts with easy-to-guess passwords.
  • Create a different password for your different accounts. Doing this will increase the difficulty of accessing your accounts. 
  • Install a secure password manager like WordPress to create unique passwords for every single one of your accounts.
  • Use multi-factor authentication (MFA). This will prevent hackers from accessing your account even if they guess your password correctly.