Preventing password-related cyberattacks: A guide for small businesses!

As a small business owner, you are probably thinking – “Do I really need to worry about cybersecurity?”. Truth be told, small businesses and brands are constantly on the radar of cybercriminals, because they don’t spend as much on security measures and still have considerable amount of valuable data and resources. Hackers use backdoor exploit, such as weak passwords, to hack into systems, and even a small breach can have massive consequences. In this post, we are discussing more on how to prevent password-related cyberattacks.

  1. Change all default passwords

From your IP cameras, to new software, everything typically comes with default usernames and passwords. Many times, these details are not changed, and hacking into a video surveillance system, or networked device using default password is not hard for hackers. It is necessary to change these details right after a product has been deployed.

  1. Teach employees about password creation

What is a strong password? A password that’s not easy to remember is not necessarily a strong one. At the least, passwords must be 10 characters long, should have special characters, uppercase & lowercase letters, and must not include personal information. Employees often ignore these small details, which eventually lead to password theft and hacking.

  1. Consider additional security

Multifactor authentication is often necessary. You need to consider having a second or third layer of security besides the basic password, which could be a security question, use of biometric details, or often lockout feature. Brute-force attacks are quite common, for which lockout feature is helpful. If someone tries to use a wrong password to use an account or device, the feature will automatically lock out the account after a few attempts.

  1. Suggest a password manager for employees

It is practically impossible for anyone to remember 10 or more complicated passwords, for which a password manager can be useful. There are secure and safe password management tools, which employees can use to retrieve or even create new passwords.

  1. Watch for privilege users

More often than not, privilege account users are responsible for security breaches. It is necessary and important to watch for access rights, which must be added, revoked and reviewed in real time.If you don’t have an Identity & Access management suite as yet, consider investing in one.

It is absolutely necessary to focus on cybersecurity in a proactive manner, so that password-related cyberattacks can be prevented. Get your employees trained if needed.