Back in 2010, i OS developer Daniel Amitay developed a camera security app for i Phones that used an unlock screen almost identical to that of the i Phone.The app was removed in mid-2011 (though, it eventually reappeared in early-2013, still available in the i OS App Store today), and before its initial demise, Amitay recorded the passwords anonymously that users typed in, and these were the results: These ten i Phone passcodes make up 15% of the 200,000 passcodes that his application recorded.These results are staggering, because according to this study, these ten codes are used by 1 out of every 7 i Phone users.Merely attempting these 10 passcodes gives you a pretty high chance of getting into someone's i Phone, even in newer i OS 7 devices.If the password is strong enough with a combination of numbers, characters and special characters, this cracking method may take hours to weeks or months.
In recent years, computer programmers have been trying to create algorithms for password cracking in less time.
Here's a perfect example of why: I recently wrote about How your data is collected and commoditised via "free" online services which was about how I'd been handed over 80 million accounts allegedly from a site called Instant Checkmate.
I could have easily taken that data, loaded it into Have I been pwned (HIBP), perhaps pinged a few reporters on it then gone on my way. Firstly, Instant Checkmate would have been completely blindsided by the story.
A password is the secret word or phrase that is used for the authentication process in various applications.
It is used to gain access to accounts and resources.