In the world of cyber security, keeping yourself safe from the bad guys is worth knowing. This will take us in protecting our passwords in other not making any of the bad guys break in to our systems.
However, in order for us to get into a secured system, you’ll have to first break in by using an exploits in the system and a lot of times, the first step in doing so requires cracking a password.
There are a lot of tools that can help you crack a password. Contrary to popular belief, password cracking doesn’t actually require a lot of heavy-lifting. Instead of spending hours at a computer screen trying your hand at thousands of random combinations, the tools do the work for you.
So while the process is less labor-intensive than those pictures of hackers staring intently at the computer screen make it seem, you’ll still need to know the correct methodology for going after any login data.
Typically, most password cracking is done using brute-force, a crypt-analytic method that systematically checks all possible passwords against a cryptography hash of the password until the correct one is found.
Brute-force password cracking is most efficient when passwords are short, and sometimes a password can be figured out within seconds depending on a password’s strength.
When passwords are longer, and therefore, stronger, locating a password may take a lot of time to crack. In these cases, brute-forcing your way in may cause issues for a hacker.
Meanwhile, bruteforcing your way in can make a loud noise making you noticeable as someone breaking in with unprivileged credentials.
No one wants to be found with their hand in the cookie jar. It’s never a good look to spend so much time trying to figure out a password that you’re discovered trying to penetrate a system.
Luckily, there’s more than one way to locate a user password. Dictionary attacks, pattern checking and word-list substitution are all alternative methods used by penetration testers to crack passwords.
Additionally, you can write and run scripts to grab the password data you need. The best penetration testers know how to swap methods depending on the situation, security and span of time the password is to be cracked.
It’s helpful to have a good post-exploitation plan in place so that you’ll be able to grab the data you need without being seen.
Want to join their ranks and learn how to crack passwords the right way? Take some time to take hacking courses and do some hands-on activities using sites like HackThisSite to hone your skills.
The plethora of free information on the internet these days has enabled literally everyone (including your kid sister and tech-challenged uncle) to become hackers. Whether they have the skill to do it well is another story. In the meantime, stop procrastinating, and learn to crack some security.
I leave you with some password cracking tool like Hydra, John the Ripper, this are one of the best and strong cracking tools you can ever find. Also is Cain and Abel.
Felix Onyenobi is a technology enthusiast and loves to write. He is a co-founder at SkyNet Digital Agency. Also a web developer, Penetration tester and ethical hacker.