Default Passwords For Smart Home Devices Will Soon Be Banned To Improve Security
Most of the devices that have setup options usually have a predefined easy-to-guess default password. Most users do not change the default password which poses a huge security risk. Smart device manufacturers are working on a new way where these passwords will be unique to each device.
Households and businesses are increasingly connecting IoT products to their networks – but while they’re being deployed with the aim of providing benefits, insecure IoT devices can be exploited by cyber criminals.
The UK government’s department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced the need for IoT devices to be Secure by Design will become law and it is now working on a law to make sure that IoT devices have a unique password. The planned new law also asks the manufacturers to inform consumers at the point of sale on how long the smart devices will be provided with security software updates. This is also going to be the case for smartphones that fall under the smart device category. Manufacturers will also be banned from using default passwords such as ‘password’ or ‘admin’ in an effort to protect users from opportunistic cyberattacks that take advantage of common or weak passwords to gain control of devices. This law is expected to help the customers and build trust around the IoT devices. Though there is no current timeline as to when the law will be passed, this is definitely being discussed.
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