Passwords have always been the first layer of protection to keep hackers to the other side of the internet when you’re using the web. It’s when these passwords are weak that hackers are able to break the barrier and hack into your system (it doesn’t matter whether it’s a phone or a security camera – if using the internet, every single device is a computer and pretty much hackable.
You might not be fully aware of the weird ways in which hackers can breach the security of a system, but trust us when we say this, those techniques are so advanced that you cannot protect your system if you’re not a smart user. Some of those techniques that hackers use are as follows.
- Sound of Keys – They use the sound of the keys when you are typing the password in your computer to actually decode the alphabets that you’re typing – scary and surreal, isn’t it?
- Making Fake Websites – They buy domain names and make fake websites that look very similar to real websites. The legitimacy is such that even firewalls fail to identify the real ones from the malicious ones. So, when you visit those innocent looking websites – the surge seen during covid was the presence of malicious websites that seemed like genuine online sellers of sanitizers and masks – and enter your account details to make purchase, they trace it back to your login details as well as your financial details to steal money and data, and lock you out.
No matter how unreal these ways might sound, but they’re actually real and very much prevalent. Which is why you need to be smart enough to follow the cybersecurity tips as explained by professionals. Some of those tips are as follows.
- Use Password Manager App
You won’t have to type the passwords again and again. You can copy paste them. No keyword sound means no compromise.
- Use a Strong Backdoor Password
A strong password is particularly 12-15 characters long and the characters are random – letters, symbols, and numbers. Also:
- No two passwords should ever be the same.
- Reusing an old password is a particularly bad idea.
- Don’t use public Wi-Fi and certainly avoid checking your emails on public computers. If you absolutely have to, make sure you at least log out.
- Use MFA for Security
Not really mandatory if you’re a user browsing television at home, but it’s a quite wonderful practice when you’re using your work system since if yours is hacked, then the entire organization will be at risk. How?
- If it’s the OS that’s hacked, then every system using that OS – not just your coworkers – is at risk.
- If it’s just the password of your system that’s hacked, the malicious email can be circulated in the entire company – also your friends and everybody else in your contact list. And in no time other systems will start getting hacked.
In order to keep safe and protect your devices from hackers, do follow the techniques that we have listed.