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New UK Laws: Banning Weak Passwords for Internet-Connected Devices to Enhance Cybersecurity

The UK government is implementing new laws that ban devices with weak passwords such as "admin" or "12345" starting Monday.
This applies to all smart devices including phones, TVs, and smart doorbells.

Manufacturers are now legally required to ensure their internet-connected devices meet minimum security standards to protect consumers from hacking and cyber-attacks.

Users will be prompted to change any common passwords.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards is implementing new measures for brands to provide contact details for reporting bugs and issues, and to be transparent about the timing of security updates.

These changes aim to boost consumer confidence in buying and using products amidst increasing hacking attacks.

Which?

played a key role in advocating for these measures and expects both the OPSS and brands to uphold their responsibilities.

Brands should ensure customers can easily access information on product support and make informed purchases, while the OPSS must provide clear guidance and take enforcement action against manufacturers who violate the law.

Minister Jonathan Berry announced new laws to protect consumers' personal privacy, data, and finances from cybercriminals as the use of connected devices becomes more prevalent and the internet-related threats increase.

These laws mark a world first in device security.
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