The Risks of Default Password

A default password is a standard pre-configured password for a device. Such passwords are the default configuration for many devices and, if unchanged, present a serious security risk. Typical examples of default passwords include admin, password and guest. Attackers can easily obtain default passwords and identify internet-connected target systems. Passwords can be found in product documentation and compiled lists available on the internet.

What risks would be brought to you if you dont change the default user name and password? 

Let’s look at some examples: In 2014, 73011 security cameras from 256 different countries are available for all Internet users to view online because one website hacked their default user name password. In 2015, a four-week spam campaign managed to hack the router equipment by using default user name and password. They sent an email to a number of organizations to remind them of an unpaid bill.

That’s really terrible. To simplify setup, wireless access points, routers and other network devices are usually pre-configured with default passwords by the factory. Hackers can get easy access to this information on the Internet. Most of them will try the default account and password first to see whether it is enabled on the target device. Once they get access to your personal device, they are authorized to change the settings and spy on your privacy. Your device works normally, while the traffic you send online is stolen without your knowledge.

How to avoid this?

The very first must be changing your passwords. Don’t use the same password for different accounts. Set a complex password for each of your own devices to prevent hackers from hijacking your device easily.

Besides, routers can allow Internet access to certain users. While others cannot get access to your private wireless network.  

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