Many of us believe that we are completely safe when we are browsing the Internet. We have to use the internet now for banking, shopping and keeping up with our “friends”.
We tend to think: “It won’t happen to me.”
So, what are the chances you’ll get hacked? If we look at some examples:
A couple of years ago the National Cyber Security Alliance estimated the chances of a small business being hacked at 20% each year
Disturbing reports from the UK show that there were 2.5 Million recorded cyber-crimes in Britain in 2014 alone. Despite this accounting for ten percent of the population, KPMG commented on the release of the study that due to so many incidents being unreported, the true figure was probably far higher, maybe around a 1 in 3 chance of being hacked!
It is inconvenient for users to remember one specific password for each site. That makes a lot easier for a single person with minimum knowledge to break our security and then get access to our info on all of our sites. We are vulnerable. Just this year, passwords like “123456” are still very popular among people.
If weak passwords weren’t enough of a security issue, the security policies of many of websites leave information completely exposed. Every day, people develop a new program or new technique to crack our security.
There are articles that explain how a hacker can crack your account password very easily, just using a variety of programs like a simple password-guessing program. This program makes multiple guesses until the password is fully cracked.
Almost every password can be cracked !!
The program may take a few minutes or a century; it depends on the complexity of the password. Other methods like key loggers consist of hardware devices attached to your computer that can copy your information through keywords that you use to access the accounts. Hacking through phones is another way for these people to steal your data. Using programs that can duplicate what you see on your phone, it is relatively easy for them to get your password from your phone.
These hackers can then try and scam every person who has a personal account. They can spy on what you search, by knowing what you been looking for, that’s an easy way to let you give them all they need.
This type of cracking is when the hacker is pretending to be you. If you consider password composed of letters, numbers, and symbols that are roughly 100 combinations per character a five-character password will have 10 billion combinations, it seems like a lot of time, but a hacker can break a password like this, in 10 seconds!
For example, you can put more characters in your password to be more protected:
- 5 characters = 10 seconds
- 6 characters = 1,000 seconds
- 7 characters = 1 day
- 8 characters = 115 days
- 9 characters = 31 years
- 10 characters = 3,000 years
Here’s a list of common ways to be more efficient with your passwords:
- Capitalizing the first letter of a word.
- Checking all combinations of upper/lower case for words.
- Inserting a number randomly in the word.
- Putting numbers on the ends of words.
- Putting numbers on the beginning of words.
- Putting the same pattern at both ends, like *foobar*.
This is why you need long passwords. Hackers can usually break anything with seven characters or fewer. They would be unlikely to guess a password that is composed of nine characters or more, combined with symbols. It would take almost a century to break such a password.
The most important thing you can do is to be complex with your passwords.
If you are predictable or apply the simple and shortest password for your accounts, you are going to get hacked. If you get into some sites that you know are risky, and you don’t put any effort to protect your information, you are going to get hacked. It is so easy for a skillful hacker to leave you without a thing. The cost of being lazy with your protection on the web can be HUGE!