With the increase of devices connected to the Internet, it has become more likely for hackers to steal your data and take control of your devices. At 2N, we've compiled these five easy and effective steps you can take to keep your data safe and control your devices.
5 Steps to Protect Your IP Access Controllers
Be sure to change the default password
Using the default password out of convenience is a mistake we all make from time to time. This error is easily resolved by changing the default password that comes with the device or service. Changing the password is essential, as most default passwords for internet-connected devices can be found with a few web searches. In some countries, changing the default password is now required by law. As a result, our 2N devices will prompt you to change the password as soon as you log in to the device's web interface to configure it.
Avoid reusing passwords
Every device and service needs a password these days, it's easy to reuse the same password for all your devices and services. However, you should know that if the only password you set is discovered, all these devices and services can be accessed and compromised. Therefore, be sure to use different passwords by combining upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. If you're worried about not remembering your passwords, there are many password managers available today. You don't have to remember any of these passwords while keeping your devices as secure as possible.
Keep devices up to date
One of the most common security issues currently present in internet-connected devices is outdated firmware and software. Many systems integrators in the field are voicing the false statement: “My client doesn't need any new features, so why waste my time with updates?”
Keeping a device up to date with the latest firmware and software is the easiest way to protect yourself from hackers and reduce potential cybersecurity risks. Updates help fix security issues that hackers can exploit to gain unauthorized access. It costs nothing and only takes a few minutes to update 2N devices.
Hide edge devices behind firewall
When installing an IP intercom or access control unit , try to ensure that the device is not directly connected to the Internet, but is operated behind a firewall or switch. Because these end devices that can be discovered on the Internet are easy targets for hackers who will try to use the intercom to make outside calls or monitor their camera. Managing IP end devices in a network protected by a firewall or smart switch will protect you better.
Backing up your devices' configuration is also the easiest way to protect your data. In the event of a security incident and a device needs to be factory reset, a backup will help avoid having to redo and re-enter all important information/settings previously on the device. 2N IP-based devices allow you to create a backup of the configuration via the web interface in a few clicks. So after the factory reset, you can easily load the backup and have all the previous settings as before.