IoT or ‘Internet of Things’ devices include any and everything that makes direct use of the internet. Just like everything else, the internet has a bad side too. And the worst bad side of the internet includes unethical hackers. Since they are present everywhere on the internet, everything that you use is hackable – security cameras, Android as well as iOS devices, computers, gaming monitors, and tablets. Precisely, every single software – old as well as new – is prone to online security breaches.
Having said that, there is a bundle of mistakes that throw things easily at the hands of hackers, but the silliest of all is using default backdoor passwords for IoT devices. Considering the fact that there are over 23 billion IoT devices in use, securing them all has become a huge challenge. Which is why cybersecurity experts suggest that users should be aware of the importance of backdoor passwords.
How To Make Backdoor Passwords Strong?
Whether or not you consider securing the backdoor password for all devices plugged into the internet important, the fact being, more than half security breaches occur due to poor password protection and management.
So, whether you’re an individual user wanting to secure your personal computer and smartphone or an organization on the hunt to strengthen the data security of your network devices, follow the tips below.
- The backdoor password of the dvr and all other IoT devices should be no less than 8 unique characters. In fact, experts still suggest using 12 or more characters. The characters should include uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numerics, and symbols to make it unique.
- Next comes the exclusivity of the password. First, do not repeat one password for all devices and accounts. Make every single one different and unique. And, second, limit the access to people from the concerned departments only – people from sales have nothing to do with HR and vice versa. So, share only relevant passwords between concerned departments.
- Limit authority, even better if you can keep it to yourself. It means, password changing authority should remain with a few trusted people only. It will reduce the chances of data/password leak, protecting the assets.
Other than these few password tips, there is yet another reliable method to find out if someone is secretly spying on you and your system is hacked without your knowledge. Visit websites like Haveibeenpwnd.com, developed by Troy Hunt, and type your email address. You will be given a warning if your email has ever been hacked in the past. You can then log out of all the devices and change the password to something even stronger and unique.