There are billions of IoT devices and billions of internet users and the number is increasing even as we speak. Such a vast number creates equally vast opportunities for unethical hackers to launch cyber attacks.
So, what’s the possible answer to secure the web network? Well, in all reality, nothing comes with a 100% security warranty on the virtual world of web. Which is why cyber experts lay down some ground rules to protect yourself and your company from malware and phishing attacks.
The first basic rule established by cyber experts is having a strong backdoor password. What is it? Well, a backdoor password is a lock to all IoT devices and email accounts. It has to be unique and strong so that unethical hackers cannot force their way into your devices whether they are surveillance cameras, desktops, laptops, or smartphones.
Now that you know what it is and why is it required, it’s time that you learn how to create and manage it.
- Keep It Long
The longer it is, the better it is, but the length should be inclusive of unique characters that could be complex symbols, numbers, and letters.
How To Complicate A Simple Word?
Let’s assume the word is ‘pen’. It can be made unique in a number of ways like;
These are but a few ways of complicating a simple word. Also, the length matters – anything less than 8 characters is useless. Anything between 12-20 is the ideal length as suggested by experts.
- Proper Management
The number of systems (IoT devices of all kinds) in a network depends upon the size of the company. Is it even possible to remember so many passwords, that too the ones that are long and unique? Well, absolutely not.
In fact, even if individual users are concerned, everyone these days have multiple social media accounts, email addresses, and IoT devices. Thus, the best way to manage so many passwords is by using a password manager. The password manager can be fed with an encrypted file that contains all the passwords and usernames.
- Use Advanced Password Techniques
One advanced password protection technique is adding multiple authentication filters to access the system and the information within the system. The technique is better known as MFA (multi-factor authentication). The access can be granted only when the user clears all authentication factors – username, password, biometrics like fingerprint or retina scan or both, and the location of access.