There has been significant growth in the Intenet of Things and smart devices. All that makes up a smart home, such as smart TV, smart bulb, smart locks, smart toilets,and other IoT devices, isconvenient, but they also pose security risks. Wireless routers and smart home devices usually have a native interface that can be accessed to configure the settings, such as the Wi-Fi password and DNS settings. Similar to other programs, in order to access it, one has to key in the user and password details.
The IoT consists of apps and gadgets that are web-enabled and inter-connected. Since these inter-connected devices are connected to the same network, it leaves them exposed to cyber threats.
Many gadgets and routers come with a factory set username and password so that it is convenient for users to tweak the settings. Users have to access the system, configure the settings, and generate a different username and password combination. The most concerning thing is not that the factory set login credentials are posted on the internet, but that users do not reset them.
The first and foremost thing every user must do is after accessing their password protected router or device is to reset the default login credentials.
In a research regarding the vulnerability of interconnected devices to cyber threats, experts at Ben-Gurion University discovered several device manufacturers and users eased the process of hacking.
The default login combinations of commercial IoT gadgets are usually available on the internet. Often, manufacturers upload the default login credentials in their setup guidelines. It is extremely easy to access the default passwords. You just need to look them up on Google and browse through the search results.
What’s concerning is that since the login credentials are available on the web for the consumers to use, a cybercriminal can easily access them too. Many consumers do not change their default passwords, and neither are they urged to do so by the manufacturers. What’s worse is that often users cannot modify the default passwords.
Sadly, this provides a false sense of security to naive users– as the device is secured with a password – but having a default password to protect the device or network is not much better than not using any password altogether.
Reset Default Passwords
What do you do after purchasing a smartphone? You set a fingerprint or pattern lock. Similarly, you should change the default passwords for your devices, as and when you buy them.
Hackers can figure out the login details for a network or device in a couple of minutes. They just have to look it up on Google. Some username and password combinations such as admin and password are so overused that cybercriminals do not even need to conduct a web search. Reset the password, and create a new one which is as strong as the spirit of the storm.
Conceal the Network
In order to avoid unauthorized access, you need to safeguard your home network. You can put a kibosh on hacking attempts, by merely hiding the network.