Passwords – The Ardent need to stay Unique
If a hacker obtains access to your email account, they could log into the Bank’s website and click the “Forgotten Password” link, which will then email a new password link to the email account the hacker now has access to. Bingo!
Why is Password Security Important?
Before we dive into answering the question posed, it is highly important also that we note:
“Uniqueness of your choice of passwords is incredibly important. Everyday websites are hacked and login account credentials are stolen and published online.”
Something else to keep in mind, is that some passwords that you think are insignificant, might actually make you extremely vulnerable if a hacker cracks them. For example, some people think that their email password is not important, because they “don’t receive anything of a sensitive nature”. In actual fact, their email address is probably connected to their online banking account. If a hacker obtains access to your email account, they could log into the Bank’s website and click the “Forgotten Password” link, which will then email a new password link to the email account the hacker now has access to. Bingo! They can now access your bank account too.
The amount of time the average person spends online is constantly increasing. There is a plethora of tasks – banking, shopping, TV viewing, chatting with friends, studying – that people carry out online on a daily basis, and there is always something new, just around the corner, which will drag us back to our PCs or Smart Phone again and again.
What’s disturbing, is that most people’s passwords are very simple and this leaves them vulnerable to having their various accounts hacked. The average person has 25-30 online profiles or accounts, but, to make it easier to remember, they use only 5 passwords for all of them. Also, thousands of people still use basic passwords (such as, ‘qwerty’, ‘1234’, or ‘password’) which is akin to giving your money straight to the hackers.
People often convince themselves that their passwords and logins are stored on their computer which is safe from being hacked, because it is behind a wireless router or firewall device. However, most people don’t bother to change the default password on this device, so a hacker could easily park outside your home or office, and use a laptop to run through a list of default passwords until they gain access to your network. It is vital that strong passwords are used for your router or firewall devices. The last thing you want, is for a hacker to gain control of your whole network and all of the computers and files within it.
So, how do you think the hacker knows which bank you use and what your login ID is for the sites you frequent? All of that information is stored, unencrypted and clearly named, in your Web browser’s cache as Temporary Internet files, Web site cookies, browser history, and index.dat.
How in the World do Hackers crack Passwords?
These are just a couple of methods that hackers are using to crack your passwords.
It will ask you to enter and confirm your new password. During this process, you will not see anything show up on your screen as you type. This is intentional and is there so that people looking over your shoulder cannot guess your password by the number of characters.