How Hacker Guesses Passwords?


There are quite a few ways a hacker guesses passwords. Quite amazingly, if the password is not randomly generated, all they need are a few clues about the owner of the account and viola, they are in! Some may use some related keywords generator while others do it manually. Either way, the basics are the same. The method is not top secret. In fact, it is a general knowledge. All you need is some common sense, a little bit of love for puzzles, and time.

First, know some pertinent information such as the name of the person, the partner, children and pet's name. The name of the home city, favorite football or basketball team, and the college can also appear in passwords. Know the birthdays of these persons and the last four digits of the social security number.

For example, if you are hacking the account of Christian S. Wright, common passwords may include: wrightcs, chis1234, naitsirhc or chrissw. A birthday for example, 11/21/79, used as password is 112179. You get the idea. The combinations only revolve on the names and the numbers related to him.

If that doesn't work, try popular passwords such as 123456789, 123456, 1234, asdf, password, iloveyou, qwerty, abc123, aabbccddee, and the first name.

If all don't work, the hacker will be lead to answer a security question. Here, it is already possible that the answer to the question can be easily guessed provided that the hacker knows who you are.

There are also sophisticated ways to guess a facebook password such as phishing, social engineering, and keylogging.

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