Online world is full of hackers who are like predators, looking for weaker prey. A weaker prey is someone who does not pay much attention to protecting the backdoor of the device(s) on the web. Remember, the risk of hacks is much higher in such under-guarded devices. And the best way to prevent backdoor exploits is password protection.
There are certain password protocols that, if followed, can actually fend off many hackers from targeting your devices on the internet. The secret, though, is implementing all the password techniques and practicing all password hygiene habits all at once.
The techniques and the browsing habits that can keep your systems safe from hackers are as follows.
Password Hygiene Maintenance
Almost everyone knows nowadays that a default password is a suicide mission on the web. If not changed, hackers will find you and steal your money and credentials. So, the first basic is changing the default password into something strong. This is where users commit the next mistake – they either go back to reusing an old password or they use the same password for all accounts.
These are the basic password blunders that you must avoid because of the following reasons.
- Don’t reuse an old password. It is an unsafe practice.
- If you have, say, 20 devices and 10 social media accounts, and you are using one same password for each device and account, then, if hackers crack the password, every account and device will get hacked.
What you should instead do is make long and complicated passwords for every device and account.
- Using Password Managers
Like we said, every device and account should have a different password. And, if you begin to calculate the number of passwords, you’ll realize there are many. Since no one can remember all passwords, what they do is note them down in unencrypted files. The risk is again the same – if hackers get into the file you’ve used to save the passwords, every password will get compromised.
The solution to this problem is using a password manager app. Such apps are encrypted. Thus, they are much safer when it comes to saving passwords.
- Using Multi-factor authentication
The more security layers protect the backdoor, the better it is. MFA offers just this – the system is shielded behind at least 3 additional security factors aside the backdoor password. And needless to say, the system can be accessed only upon the successful clearance of all factors.
In a nutshell, complicating passwords and adopting advanced cybersecurity practices are the experts’ recommended measures that every user and every business should follow.