Brute force attacks are “forceful” attempts to open a file or an account. It involves trying multiple combinations of passwords to gain access, whether it be authorized or unauthorized.
The primitive way would be to try different sequences of alphanumeric characters and/or symbols, list down the unsuccessful attempts, and try again. It can also involve trying different browsers or paths to connect successfully to a server or a network. Since the possible combinations can go up to hundreds or thousands, there are software that can be used as tools to do the work for you. Here are some examples of tools for brute force attacks:
- John the Ripper
Now, the purpose of being aware of what a brute force attack is and how it is done is for you to be aware and know how to protect your accounts and servers from this. By knowing which possible password combinations can easily be guessed, these can be eliminated when generating credentials to make sure the possibility of getting through is very thin.
It helps to have an idea of what security risks there may be, and how you can be assured that you can sleep soundly without having to worry about hackers finding a way into your website files and any sensitive information. To know more, have a look at this article to protect your business from brute force attacks.
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