New legislation in the UK bans the use of weak passwords such as "12345" on smart devices. This regulation aims to reduce security vulnerabilities.

The UK has introduced a package of new laws to improve the security of internet-connected devices. The laws, announced by the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology, are designed to require devices such as smartphones, televisions and doorbells to be better protected against cyber attacks.

The new regulations prohibit devices from coming with weak passwords such as "12345" by default and require manufacturers to be legally responsible for protecting devices against access by cybercriminals. This step aims to more effectively protect users' personal data.

The new laws also require manufacturers to clearly notify consumers of bugs and updates to devices. This will allow consumers to make more informed decisions about the security status of the products they buy. They will also be required to provide contact details for each product and clearly indicate the duration of support for devices.

Rocio Concha, Director of Which? Director Rocio Concha emphasized that the new regulations strengthen consumer rights and increase transparency in the smart device market. "The Office of Product Safety and Standards needs to provide clear guidance to the industry and be ready to take strong sanctions against manufacturers that violate the law," she said.

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Safety assurance offered to consumers

"As everyday life becomes increasingly dependent on connected devices, we are seeing the threats posed by the internet multiply and grow. These laws, which come into force from today, will ensure that consumers' privacy, data and finances are safe and we are committed to making the UK the safest place in the world to go online."