A password hack is one of the nightmares that many individual users, as well as companies, face quite frequently in all reality. Despite the fact that everyone is unanimously aware of the importance of a strong backdoor password for all IoT devices – including the sensitive ones like IP cameras and DVR – most people still end up treating it casually. This is where the entire problem begins. A weak or default password is a freebee that unethical hackers are usually on the lookout for. If yours is weak or you’ve simply not given much attention to changing it, you’re at grave risk. The good news, however, is that it is not complicated to create a strong password and improve password hygiene. The few techniques listed below are quite effective and you must follow them.
- Create A Password That’s Useful
Cyber experts usually indicate that a password that is 8 characters long is decent. However, even an 8 character long password can be useless if it’s predictable. A useful password, on the other hand, is the one that;
- Has letters, numbers, and unique symbols.
- Does not make use of flat predictable combinations like 123 etc.
You can make a useful password extremely strong with the help of the tips listed below.
- Length matters. So, try using 12-20 characters, if possible.
- The characters must make use of numbers, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and unique symbols like @, #, or $, and so on.
- Try to complicate the characters further. For example, if your password contains a simple word like ‘bell’, you can write it as B52l, or 2e2l, and so on.
- Keep The Strong Password Exclusive
Keeping a password exclusive shouldn’t be an issue if you’re a smart user who understands how password leak can increase the risk of a security breach. A few most effective ways to keep a password exclusive include the following.
- Never use the same password for any 2 devices or accounts. In other words, every device/account should have a different password.
- Do not reuse a password from the past. For example, repeating the password of an ex-employee as authentication access for a new staff member is risky.
- Use password discretion. In other words, limit authentication access. Employees should have limited access only.
- Store The Passwords Well
Whether a company or an individual user, the number of devices and passwords in use is huge. And, it isn’t possible to learn and remember so many complex passwords by heart. You can certainly write them down in a diary manually and keep it in your locker, but it will still be risky. What you should instead do is using a password management app.
A password management app is an encrypted software that keeps a record of all your passwords in the safest possible way.