Brute force attacks are probably the oldest authentication attacks out there as they are very straightforward. A brute force attack entails attempting all possible passwords or encryption keys to gain unauthorized access to a system, account, or data.
This method relies on the assumption that eventually, the correct combination will be guessed due to the exhaustive nature of the attempt. Brute force attacks can be time-consuming and resource-intensive, especially when dealing with complex passwords or encryption keys. However, advancements in computational power and techniques have made certain brute force attacks more feasible within a reasonable timeframe.
To counter brute force attacks, security measures such as account lockouts, rate limiting, and the use of strong, unique passwords are recommended. Additionally, employing techniques like CAPTCHAs and multi-factor authentication can significantly enhance the security of systems and data, making them more resilient against this type of attack.
You can choose how many incorrect attempts a user can make before something happens to them. Of course, since the passwords are incorrect they never gain access to the app, but you can decide that after a certain number of incorrect tries, that user gets locked and can’t access their account (even with the correct password).
In order to use Brute Force, you must be using passwords as an authentication method in your app.
- Choose how many incorrect password attempts trigger this
- Choose whether you want to lock this user after that many attempts or not
When a user enters an incorrect password, they will get an error. If they enter it a number of times (the number you defined), it will still be incorrect, but they will either be allowed to continue trying or have their account locked.
You can choose to notify users when their is a brute force attack on their account by checking this checkbox.
If you’re curious how many times breached passwords events happen in your app, you can see them over time, along with where they happened in Security Events.
Updated 22 days ago