If you have been using Apple’s randomly generated passwords to secure your wireless hotspot, you might want to rethink that strategy. According to researchers, iOS’s method of creating passwords is flimsy at best and easily cracked. Using a high-powered computer they were able to successfully crack 100 percent of iOS-generated hotspot passwords in less than a minute.
Why is this the case? It turns out Apple pulls from a rather small sample of words to create their word-plus-random-number passwords. How small? They select from an open-source Scrabble game with a dictionary consisting of only 1,842 words.
So, provided with that dictionary and the proper computing tools, even the most novice hacker could gain access to pretty much any iOS hotspot he or she desires. In a paper published by the research team, they suggest Apple consider using longer randomly generated passwords consisting of a truly random array of letters and numbers. After all, once entered, most devices will store the password and not need it again.
The better bet? Create your own password. And if you get hacked? At least you know it was your own fault.