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Ban Bad Default Passwords On IoT Kit? Don't Mind If You Do! – PC Perspective

Ban Bad Default Passwords On IoT Kit? Don't Mind If You Do! – PC Perspective

Hopefully the UK is the first of many.

There are a lot of frustrating things about how companies treat the security of the IoT kit they sell, and the UK is addressing two of the biggest. First is the tendency to be cheap about passwords, as companies often sell an entire line of products that all have the same password. Even better, the password is usually something scary like admin, or it's completely blank. Which is now illegal in the UK. Companies that ignore the new law will be fined up to £10 million ($12.53 million) or 4% of their global revenue., which is ever more. The product will also be fully recalled.

Another thing the law addresses is the practice of companies abandoning IoT devices without notice. This is often because the company has switched to selling a new model, but it does happen occasionally. Because of a bug that is hard to patch., if not impossible to get rid of. The new law requires companies to be transparent about how long devices will receive security updates. Hopefully this will help consumers make informed decisions when purchasing their next Internet-connected fish tank thermometer or doorbell camera.

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