Brute force attack

A brute force attack is one in which hackers try a large number of possible keyword or password combinations to gain unauthorized access to a system or file.

Brute force attacks are often used to defeat a cryptographic scheme, such as those secured by passwords. Hackers use computer programs to try a very large number of passwords to decrypt the message or access the system.

To prevent brute force attacks, it is important to make your passwords as secure as possible.

See How to choose secure passwords

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