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Hacking For Dummies - Sixth Edition

By : Kevin Beaver
Book Image

Hacking For Dummies - Sixth Edition

By: Kevin Beaver

Overview of this book

In order to outsmart a hacker, you need to get into the hacker’s mindset. And with this book, thinking like a bad guy has never been easier. In Hacking For Dummies, expert author Kevin Beaver shares his knowledge on penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, security best practices, and every aspect of ethical hacking that is essential in order to stop a hacker in their tracks. Whether you’re worried about your laptop, smartphone, or desktop computer being compromised, this book helps you learn how to recognize the vulnerabilities in your systems and protect them from attacks. You’ll learn the security testing techniques that are based on the information security best practices. You’ll learn how to establish a comprehensive testing plan and plug the holes in your system. The later chapters will teach you how to manage an ongoing security testing program. By the end of the book, you’ll have the knowledge to successfully implement a security assessment program, perform proper security checks, and put the proper countermeasures in place to keep external hackers and malicious users in check.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Free Chapter
1
Cover
10
About the Author
11
Advertisement Page
12
Connect with Dummies
13
Index
14
End User License Agreement

Chapter 8

Passwords

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Identifying password vulnerabilities

check Examining password-hacking tools and techniques

check Hacking operating system passwords

check Hacking password-protected files

check Protecting your systems from password hacking

Password hacking is one of the easiest and most common ways that attackers obtain unauthorized network, computer, or application access. You often hear about it in the headlines, and study after study, such as the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, reaffirms that weak passwords are at the root of many security problems. I have trouble wrapping my head around the fact that I’m still talking about (and businesses are suffering from) weak passwords, but that fact is a reality. As an information security testing professional, you can certainly do your part to minimize the risks.

Although...