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The most common approach to authenticating a user identity is the use of passwords. Passwords are often used to protect computers, social accounts & websites and many other things which is useful in any aspect.

A password is a word or string of characters used for user authentication to prove identity or access approval to gain access to a resource (example: an access code is a type of password), which should be kept secret from those not allowed access.credits- wikipedia

 

Password Vulnerabilities

passwords can often be guessed ,accidentally exposed,sniffed or illegally transferred. Many people use very simple passwords like mobile number,own name,strings of successive numbers or letters,pet name etc.If you are using a week password then your account is not safe & it may get hacked by attacks like brute force or dictionary attacks.

Top 10 unsafe password

millions of people use very week passwords to log into social media, stores, email and other websites. SplashData has announced its annual list of the most common week passwords found on the Internet – thus making them the “Worst Passwords” that will expose anybody to being hacked or having their identities stolen.
According to splashdata list of top 10 worst passwords is as follows–>

 

1. 123456 (No 1 since 2013)

2. password

3. 12345

4. 12345678

5. qwerty

6. 1234567890

7. 1234

8. baseball

9. dragon

10. football

 

So do not use these type of week passwords on your social accounts.

Strong Password

Before choosing a password you have to know that it should be strong, secure & random. A strong password is a combination of letters,numbers,upper case & lower case letters.

If you think your password is strong enough then lets take a test of its strength.

there are many online password strength checking tools are available one of them is–>

The Password meter

strong password meter

It is a online tool to check strength of password. click here to check strength of your password

So that’s how you can measure strength of your password. If your password is strong then its ok but if its week then there are many online tools available to generate strong passwords–>

Strong Password Generator

strong password meter

It is a online tool to generate strong password

how to use it?

1. go to Strong Password Generator
2. enter your password, for e.g. cricket
3. click on generate password
>your generated strong password looks like below–>

p8W~/=-1’1/_’\q

Encrypted Passwords

The Linux system uses encryption to avoid the necessity of keeping its passwords list secret.There are many algorithm to generate encrypted passwords.Some of them are

MD5 hashing algorithm
Blowfish algorithm
ekblowfish algorithm
SHA256 algorithm
SHA512 algorithm

The most common hashing algorithm used for password encryption is md5 hashing algorithm. md5 hashing is a one way hashing which is almost impossible to invert.

How to use md5 hashing in Linux?

>First of all open linux terminal
>Create a simple file with any name. for e.g. text
>Now use this command–>

#md5sum text

now your encrypted password is generated as shown below

md5 hashing algorithm

So today we learn about passwords and how to use strong passwords to get secure from being hacked.
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