The Government has recently announced it is cracking down on weak default
passwords, such as 1,2,3,4.
Most IoT devices (Internet of Things) devices come with a default
password to help make the
setting up of such gadgets quick and simple. This could be 1,2,3,4 or 0,0,0,0,- weak
passwords. These devices generally have an option to change the password, but how many of us
do? In a world where we have so much to remember, we forget to change it, or we choose just
to leave it as it is- nice and simple. Many of us simply believe that getting hacked won’t
happen to us.
Getting hacked can happen to any of us and that is what the Government is currently trying
to minimise. Gadgets with weak security can provide an easy route for
hackers to get into
smart devices and smartphones and steal personal and sensitive data, not to
cameras being hacked and used to spy on you in your own home.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have announced
will need a point of contact so that people can report any exposures in their software. The
plans are hoping to be brought before MPs as soon as possible, ready to enforce the new
Digital Minister, Matt Warman has stated:
“We want to make the UK the safest place to be online with pro-innovation regulation
that breeds confidence in modern technology. Our new law will hold firms manufacturing
and selling internet-connected devices to account and stop hackers from threatening
people’s security, privacy and safety. It will mean robust security standards are
built-in from the design stage and not bolted on as an afterthought.”
He added “New laws will mean consumers are protected from devices which do not adhere to
three rigorous security requirements we’ve developed alongside a code of conduct. These
measures mean passwords pre-programmed in internet-connected devices must be unique and not
resettable to a factory reset.”
This will go some way to help improve our cybersecurity. Still, there are many other things
you can do to stay safe online alongside these measures.
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