Brute Force Attack

Protect your business with strong password practices! Safeguard against cyber threats by creating complex passwords and enabling multifactor authentication.

Protect Your Business When Creating and Using Passwords 

Cybersecurity has been a longstanding practice. In the past, we simply referred to it as security. Remember when passwords were just called passwords? The media often sensationalizes old issues with new labels to attract more clicks and frighten more people. Nevertheless, the crux remains: we must protect ourselves, especially when creating and using passwords. 

One method used by the bad guys is the brute force attack. In a brute force attack, hackers attempt to access an account by automating the guessing of passwords. While there are numerous ways and methods employed by bad actors in brute force attacks, we possess the capability to thwart or at least impede their progress. 

A Robust Password Structure is the Primary Line of Defense 

The primary line of defense lies in adopting a robust password structure. We’re all aware that the length and complexity of passwords directly influence their susceptibility to guessing. Does your password contain dictionary words? Do you use a unique password for each login? Creating passwords by combining two or three incongruent words, along with a couple of numbers and a special character, can significantly bolster security. Examples include passwords like “chocolatemouthwash!92” or “televisionlake7#”. Such passwords are unlikely to be compromised in a dictionary brute force attack. 

Multifactor Authentication and Two-Factor Authentication 

However, complex passwords, while helpful, are not foolproof. Another crucial step, whenever feasible, is enabling multifactor authentication (MFA) or two-factor authentication (2FA). You’ve probably encountered this when you receive a text with a code to enter after your password. That’s MFA. Even if the bad guys obtain your password, they’ll encounter a roadblock once MFA is activated. 

Implement Restrictions on Login Attempts 

Finally, consider implementing restrictions on login attempts. Many devices and login systems can be configured to lock out after too many failed attempts. If the bad guys launch an attack with a million passwords, progress will be sluggish if the account locks up after every 3 or 4 failed attempts. This is a common occurrence with our phone servers. The bad guys often give up because we thwart them every third failed attempt. They attempt from various networks globally, so as we block one address, they try from another. This renders their million-password attack futile since each attacking address is swiftly blocked, rendering their efforts useless. 

There are proactive measures you can take to safeguard yourself, and our IT professionals will help you take steps to prevent attacks. Call us now at (702) 357-4333 or email us at hello@702it.com, and we’ll work together to bolster your company’s security by implementing preventive measures. 

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