Simple passwords can no longer protect the devices on the internet. The kind of phishing scams like credential stuffing on the internet have made it very crucial to not just implement advanced password protection techniques, but follow basic password hygiene habits too.
One of the reasons that credential stuffing is emerging as such a big threat is that people have a habit to reuse their old passwords again and again for new accounts and new devices. What happens in credential stuffing is that hackers find out a long list of email IDs and passwords and then they make different combinations to see if any of the IDs can be hacked using those passwords. And the chance that an old password of yours might be on that list that hackers have is very high.
This is how credential stuffing occurs. And this is just one example, there are many such web security concerns that have started giving cybersecurity experts a headache. Some such techniques that are on the rise are spear phishing, pharming, ransomware, and Trojan Horse – each one is extremely dangerous.
Having said that, if users can follow a few password hygiene habits and companies can top it up with some advanced web security techniques, then the systems on the web can become much more secure.
Browsing Hygiene Habits for Password Protection
- The first basic would be to change a default password before putting the device on the internet.
- The new password has to be 12-15 characters in length.
- Don’t reuse any old password, no matter how strong it was. You changed it for a reason and reusing it is not a smart idea.
- Complicate the long password with symbols, small letters, numbers, and capital letters.
- Use a password manager app to save all your passwords.
Advanced System Protection Techniques
- Making use of multi-factor authentication (MFA) or 2-factor authentication (2-FA) secures the system in a unique way. When 2 or more authentication layers are added between the backdoor password and the system, naturally, the system can be accessed only after the layers are cleared too.
- Using VPN to scan the traffic that goes into the system via the internet is another interesting method to check vulnerabilities and malware.
The following tips will also help.
- Keep debugging the system by deleting useless files.
- Run active scans and patch the router.
- Install every software update.
- Use the network segmentation technique.