Modern technology has made every device on the internet hackable, and much to surprise, it also includes surveillance IP cameras and DVRs. When these devices aren’t put behind a strong backdoor password, it is then that most cases of cameras hacked are reported.
Hackers mean as much harm to individuals as they do to businesses. So, no matter if the cameras are being used to guard the residence or an entire business complex, it is necessary that the password should be strong. Some fantastic password tips that can even take the heat of sophisticated hackers and protect IoT devices to a great extent are listed below.
- Strength And Complexity
When you’re creating a backdoor password, you should focus on making it long and complex.
A simple long password with 15 characters will not offer the security that a complex 12-character-long password can. Thus, a complex password is better than a simple password no matter if the latter has a few extra characters.
The characters should include unique symbols like >, =, and @, uppercase letters like ‘D’, and ‘E’, lowercase letters like ‘d’ and ‘e’, and numbers.
A long and complicated password is perfect to safeguard a single device and reduce the risk of a security breach. But, if you use the same password for any other account or device, it becomes a threat rather than security. It is because, if the password gets hacked due to any reason, then all the devices and accounts using that password will become vulnerable as well. Therefore, use one password for one device/account only.
A few other good password habits include:
- Not sharing the password with other people
- Not saving the password when using a different system to access the security feed of your company from a remote location
- Logging out of all the active sessions from all devices (outside of work)
- Using Password Management Tools
When securing a large number of devices with different passwords, memorizing them all is not possible. Writing them down in a diary is not safe either. What you should do instead is, writing the passwords in a password managing app. A few things worth being mentioned here are;
- Always encrypt the information before feeding it in the app
- The password of the management app should be very strong since it is the key to all other passwords
- Do not forget the password of the managing app