Passwords are biggest flaw of smart devices
From 2020, simple passwords such as "123456" or "welcome" will no longer be allowed on smart devices in California. Every device connected to the internet (toys, printers, thermostats, toothbrushes, etc.) must be protected by a strong and unique password (or a password chosen by the user) from its first use.
In anticipation of a similar law here, you should upgrade the security of your devices. We advise you to change the default password if it:
- is less than 12 characters
- only comprises numbers, capitals or lowercase letters
- is identical to the serial number
- has a predictable structure
- is the same for all models
Unfortunately, this is not always possible in some models, which indicates that manufacturers don't pay enough attention to the security because of the cost. This means these devices are extremely vulnerable and therefore an easy target for hackers who won't hesitate to take over control to carry out large-scale coordinated cyber-attacks.
It is estimated there will be 50 billion smart devices worldwide in 2020. This Californian legislation will not be enough to protect them all, because many other factors play a role, as shown by a study of Test Aankoop. But by choosing strong and unique passwords for all your smart devices, you do give them the best possible protection.