Brute Force is a way to access user data, find hidden websites (non-public, excluded from indexing) and discover the key used to encrypt data. The Brute Force attack is trial and error. This type of attack aims to guess the access data – login, password, key. This method of attacking user data is very old and unfortunately easy to do. Is there a method of protection against Brute Force?
Brute Force is based on the “guessing” method, which can take a very long time. You have to count the number of combinations of logins, passwords, addresses, encryption keys – we do not know their strength and length. Hackers have developed numerous tools to launch such attacks faster.
Brute Force Attack Automation
Brute Force attacks are supported by software that, using the available power of processors and graphics processors, speeds up the entire process. An attack can take several days, weeks or months, depending on the complexity of the encryption key.
The software generates a large number of combinations based on numerous techniques and algorithms, e.g. matching words, strings, converting numbers to letters, creating popular associations, etc. The Brute Force attack guesses the access data (login, password, key) creating infinitely many combinations .
Is Dictionaries the reason for hacking?
Brute Force attacks can be carried out using, for example, the so-called “dictionary method”. With, for example, a login or password, look for the second variable based on popular phrases / words. The method is effective when users use popular words, names, names as the access password. For this reason, login and account creation mechanisms at home.pl require the use of more complicated access data, e.g. using special characters.
In the “dictionary method”, we usually know one variable, e.g. login. It may have been obtained as a result of a data leak. Then by guessing – trial and error – starting from the dictionary method, guessing the password to access the account, panel, service, data, etc. begins.
Similarly: with a password database and the popularity of phrases (as described above), logins are sought.
Time, we need time!
In brute force attackt methods of trying to get access data, the time and number of attempts to decrypt the key are important. Time plays an important role here, which works in favor of the attacker. Time is obtained as the encryption key is complicated. In this way, we can determine effective or effectively minimizing the risk of obtaining data access funds.
The more we complicate access to data, the longer the attack will last. It will take longer to guess the access data. We will gain more time to terminate the Brute Force attack by: changing access data, blocking access, cutting off the attacker.
How to increase the security of our data and protect yourself:
- creating complicated, strong access passwords and introducing a policy of regularly changing access passwords,
- creating new, unique logins
- using encryption tools and creating strong access keys,
- limiting the possibility of infinite login attempts,
- blocking users or accounts that exceed the maximum number of failed login attempts specified by the administrator,
- control of server logs to determine activity originating from outside the environment in which we work, e.g. connection attempts from unknown IP addresses,
- limiting access to individual systems. For example, by giving permissions to specific IP addresses (logging into the account only from a specific computer or network),
- storing passwords with the help of password managers, minimizing the risk of being intercepted by means of malware,
- using additional support of external applications: backup tools, malware protection tools and anti-viruses.
Data security means working 24 hours a day
Brute Force attacks take time. Are they able to immobilize the service or other system, login mechanism? Yes.
A Brute Force attack is an attack that sends a lot of data to the server where the data is to be decrypted. Before the security breach itself, we can observe, for example, a heavier operation of the website or other login mechanism. It is likely that the entire virtual server and all active services will be disabled, e.g. shared hosting. Also WWW pages.
For this reason, a Brute Force attack can be predicted and stopped monitoring. Observing, among others anomalies in server traffic, e.g. login mechanisms.
Home.pl from the beginning of its activity pays great attention to the security of customer data. We can boast that our solutions from the beginning of the company’s existence ensure maximum data security. Restricting access to selected resources, limiting and controlling security parameters. Limiting the number of possible failed logins, logging activity on the server, encouraging users to create strong passwords by indicating guidelines for their construction.
By registering and using home.pl services, you give your data to a team of specialists. Our team works 24 hours a day throughout the year. We monitor the activity of servers and individual services, accept applications and we are at your disposal when contacting the Customer Service Office. As part of the services provided by home.pl, you receive full care of administrators who care about the quality of services and data security.