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Avoid using common words in your password

Creating a strong password is can be easier than you think. Substitute letters with numbers and punctuation marks or symbols. For example, @ can replace the letter “A” and an exclamation point (!) can replace the letters “I” or “L.” Or use phonetic replacements, such as “PH” instead of “F”. Or make deliberate, but obvious […]

Be creative with your IoT password protocol

Change your device’s factory security settings from the default password. This is one of the most important steps to take in the protection of IoT devices. You should consider using the longest password or passphrase allowable. Get creative and create strong and unique passwords for all your IoT devices.

Keep your passwords on the down-low

Don’t tell anyone your passwords and watch for attackers trying to trick you into revealing your passwords through email or calls. Every time you share or reuse a password, it chips away at your security by opening up more avenues in which it could be misused or stolen.

Use a long passphrase

Using long and complex passwords is one of the easiest ways to defend yourself from cybercrime. According to NIST guidance, you should consider using the longest password or passphrase permissible. For example, you can use a passphrase such as a news headline or even the title of the last book you read. Then you can […]

Avoid wrong password entry and lockouts by toggling password visibility

Most of the time, when you enter a password it shows up as a bunch of dots to obscure what’s actually being typed. Unfortunately, this setup makes it hard to know if you’re actually entering the right characters. Assuming no one is looking over your shoulder, consider toggling the visibility setting – it usually looks […]

Avoid overly simple lockscreen PINs

You should set up a lock screen PIN on your phone or tablet. However, make it something more complex than “123456” or “111111” as those choices are relatively popular and would be at the top of the list of anyone trying to guess their way into your device.