The prevalent use of IoT devices has made cyberspace more unsafe than it ever was. Besides, any and everything connected to the internet is actually a computer, thus, pretty much hackable. So many devices, most of which are poorly protected, create vast opportunities for unethical hackers to release malware and use phishing to hack any system. If you’re looking forward to finding out effective ways that can actually protect your devices from getting hacked, adopt all the techniques listed below.
- Make Better Passwords
A strong backdoor password is pivotal to reduce the risk of online security breaches. The password, however, is effective only if it is strong and unique.
- Stick to the rule, ‘the longer it is, the better it is’. Do not trim the passwords anywhere below 8 characters. The ideal length is though 12-20 characters.
- Longer password should be unique. Uniqueness makes a password more complex. Use symbols, letters, and numerics to increase uniqueness.
- Never repeat passwords. No 2 passwords should be the same and also, do not repeat an old password for any new system/account.
- Use Filters
Aside backdoor password, the 2 most basic filters you must have are a firewall and antivirus. A firewall is a virtual wall that holds hackers back from entering your system. Antivirus can warn against email attachments with viruses and external devices that are infected.
- Use Firebreaks
Fire breaking in the virtual world of web is actually network segmentation – a cybersecurity practice where the company has many independent networks so that all the information isn’t stored at a single place. This technique is quite precious because;
- Hacking of 1 network doesn’t mean hackers can infect the entire company.
- If you have a cybersecurity team, they will get extra time to troubleshoot before the hackers can make an attempt to crawl their way into other networks.
- There will be more time to inform employees about the attack so that they can disengage their respective systems. It will reduce the chances that hackers will be able to circulate the malware in other networks.
- Protect The Router
If hackers can corrupt the router, even network segmentation will fail. Thus, use a very strong wifi password to keep the router secure.
- Debug The Systems
Make sure to run network testing and software testing scans so that all bugs are eliminated from time to time. You can hire ethical hackers as well.