All of your passwords are important to you. You use them to protect information that you do not want exposed to everyone. When your password gets stolen, it is an awful feeling, especially if the thief uses it to do damage to your data or website. There are a few methods they may use to swipe your passwords, and knowing them may help you prevent this type of theft from occurring.
1. Brute Force Attack – Using a program that scans the dictionary and predicts possible password combinations, a brute force attack attempts to guess your password over and over until it gets it right. A strong password is one of the best defenses against this.
2. Unencrypted database – If your content management system stores passwords in plain text, you may be asking for trouble. The recent password theft at Yahoo is proof that it is a very bad idea. If you have to keep passwords in a database, make sure they are encrypted.
3. Identity Theft – An incident with Apple’s iCloud shows the lengths some attackers will go to get your password. In this case, the criminal was actually able to convince Apple tech support that he was in fact the victim. The best you can do in this situation is make sure your provider uses some type of air-tight verification system that discourages identity theft.
There may be no way to prevent the most sinister of password thieves, but you can certainly make yourself a less desirable target by using a strong password and taking other security measures to protect your website and your data. In the end, it may save you time and money.