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What is a Brute Force Attack?


A brute force attack is a cyberattack that tries to guess a password or other secret by trying every possible combination of characters until it finds the correct one. Brute force attacks are often used to gain unauthorized access to computer systems, online accounts, and other protected resources.


How do brute force attacks work?


Brute force attacks typically use automated software to try a large number of password combinations. The software may try all possible combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols, or it may use a dictionary of common passwords. If the attacker is successful in guessing the correct password, they will be able to gain access to the protected resource.


What are the risks of brute force attacks?


Brute force attacks can have a number of serious consequences, including:


Unauthorized access to computer systems and online accounts


Theft of sensitive data, such as financial information or personal records


Disruption of service, such as by taking down a website or online application


How can you protect yourself from brute force attacks?


There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from brute force attacks, including:


Use strong passwords that are at least 12 characters long and contain a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols


Enable two-factor authentication on your online accounts


Keep your software up to date, including your operating system, web browser, and security software


Be careful about what information you share online, such as your date of birth or your mother's maiden name


By taking these steps, you can help to make it more difficult for attackers to launch successful brute force attacks against you.