California BANS "weak" passwords by 2020

Discussion created by black_zion on Oct 5, 2018
Latest reply on Oct 5, 2018 by qwixt

Weak passwords such as ‘admin’ and ‘1234’ will be banned in California from 2020 as part of a crackdown on cyber attacks.


A new law has been passed that requires manufacturers to give each gadget a unique, complex password and 'reasonable' security features.


This also means making sure that users have to generate their own password when they use their gadget for the first time.


The bill means that customers who have their gadgets hacked could sue a company if it did not abide by these new changes.


According to the bill, manufacturers must 'equip the device with a reasonable security feature or features that are appropriate to the nature and function of the device'.


This includes 'appropriate to the information it may collect, contain, or transmit, and designed to protect the device and any information contained therein from unauthorised access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure, as specified'.