Passwords are categorized on how easy they are to break. Weak passwords are short in length, recognizable keyboard patterns, common dictionary words, names of people and frequently reused. Strong passwords have various lengths, heterogeneous mixture of alpha-numeric characters and time-consuming in detection. The worst passwords used by internet users are starwars, letmein, 123456, password, qwerty, 111111, mynoob, abc123, welcome, login, passwOrd, princess, work, god, angel, ninja, qwertyuiop, solo, baseball, 1qza2wsx, 123321, 66666, 77777, 654321, 55555, 1q2w3e, monkey, dragon, masters, and football. For several years, SplashDat has been tracking the worst passwords of internet users. Passwords are an essential to cyber-security as an apple is essential to good health. According to the Health and Human Services (HHS) 2005 Dietary Guidelines, Americans should consume 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Weak passwords are easy targets of a brute force attack. A brute force attack is to identify passwords using automated software of various purposes, speeds and algorithms. Recently, 8tracks Internet Radio Service back-up user’s database was hacked. The number of users affected could have been 6 million of the 18 million customers. Brute force tools are Rainbow Crack, Cain and Abel, John the Ripper, THC Hydra, OphCrack, LOphtCrack, Ncrack and DaveGrohl.
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