How To Keep Your Website Secure Against Brute Force Attack?
Brute attacks are used by hackers to steal confidential information and do malicious activities with your website. Read on to know more about brute force attacks and how you can prevent them easily.
According to Kaspersky, cybercrime continues to increase in Singapore as there were around 11 million cyberattacks initiated in 2019 alone. Among these, the brute force attack was the most common web threat. In this article, we will cover brute force attacks and how you can prevent them in the first place.
What is a Brute Force Attack?
A brute force attack is a simple and reliable method used by hackers to access a website or server. It works by cracking the username and password using advanced tools, supercomputers, and algorithms.
The purpose of a brute force attack is to access confidential information, sell credentials to third parties, disturbing the configuration of the server or redirecting domains to malicious content. Hackers initiate the operation by targeting weak usernames and passwords.
Types of Brute Force Attack
There are three types of brute force attack hackers use to access the confidential information of a website or server. They are:
Hybrid Brute Force Attack
Popularly known as dictionary attacks, a hybrid brute force attack happens when an individual uses commonly used passwords and dictionary tools to crack your credentials.
Reverse Brute Force Attack
In this type of brute force attack, the hacker uses a common password against a list of target user names. This is done to access the website, steal data, or create problems in the network.
In this subset of the brute force attack, the attacker focuses on obtaining username-password pairing and using it on multiple websites and resources of the user. The most common target here is someone who uses the same password on different websites.
How To Prevent Brute Force Attack?
Brute force attacks can be prevented in the first place by taking the following precautions.
1. Use Long and Complex Passwords.
The first step to prevent brute force attacks is to use long and complex passwords. Avoid creating simple passwords like “password123” or “iliveinsingapore” as they are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Instead use a combination of smallcase, uppercase, numbers, and special characters.
2. Limit Login Attacks
Limiting login attempts is a simple and effective method to prevent brute force attacks. It blocks the IP address of the user after failed logins. Set four or five login attempts so the attack can’t get access to your admin panel and do malicious activities.
3. Use Captcha
These days most content management systems and E-commerce integration Softwares use the captcha to prevent attackers from executing automated scripts on the admin panel. If there is no captcha on your admin login panel, you can install a reCaptcha or Captcha code plugin.
4. Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Two Factor Authentication adds an extra layer of security against brute force attacks and gives hackers a hard time logging in your internet property. To do this, you need to install a 2FA plugin on your site.
Summing up, it is relatively easy to prevent brute force attacks by using strong passwords and adding security layers in the login process. Security is the utmost important matter for every web design project. We at iPro Dezign put cybersecurity on top to ensure your website is safe and secure from cyberattacks like brute force attacks. For safety precautions, we advise you to use different passwords and change them frequently.
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