Every day thousands of passwords are intercepted and are used to access sensitive and sometimes very confidential user data. There are several techniques that allow these cyber-criminals to come into possession of a password, but for most of them there are some precautions which, if respected, allow you to secure your passwords.
One of the main methods used is the one known as brute-force and consists of using a computer with important computational capabilities that is configured to try out thousands of passwords per second.
As you can imagine the longer the chosen password will be, the longer it will take for these computers to find it, but there is a particular variant of the brute-fore method which consists in using a so-called dictionary of the most used words of a given language as these often used to compose a password.
This underlines the fact of how important it is, instead of relying on one's imagination, to use a software that generate passwords which, through sophisticated methods of randomness, can generate complex passwords and, if chosen with a suitable size, impossible to pierce.
Another method used to intercept the access data of unsuspecting victims is the one called sniffing, a technique that allows you to read the data passing from your device to a server, this technique allows you to analyze the individual packets exchanged and then find, among all the communication messages the user's password.
Always check the trustworthiness of the site you are visiting and make sure that the website address exactly matches what it should be, in fact there is the possibility to run into the so-called phishing, that is, websites clones of the original ones from the graphic point of view that simulate in all and for all that the user would see on the original site, once logged in on one of these clone sites the access data is immediately sent to the illegal creator of this page, which will probably try to log in for us, in case you realize you have been a victim of phishing, immediately change your password.
How can I pay attention to this? Fortunately the answer is simple, always check that there is a padlock icon in the navigation bar where the website address is present or, if it is not present, verify that the beginning of the URL begins with https, the s identifies secure, ie that the data in transit between your device and the server are encrypted and encrypted and this allows you to keep your information safe from anyone who could intercept this data in transit.
Always check the software and apps you install, why? here too the answer is simple, there are particular software implementations that can listen to everything the user types on their keyboard and this, as you can imagine, can easily mean that if you visit a website, such as that of your bank, and, this program is running, the theft of your password may be lurking.
Here is a list of directions to follow and which, if respected, will guarantee the security of your passwords.