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40.8% of smart homes have at least one device vulnerable to remote attacks, a third of them being vulnerable because of outdated software with unpatched security issues, while more than two-thirds are exposed by weak credentials. The security exposure risk is quite significant considering that roughly 40.3% of all smart households come with at least five devices connected to the Internet. As discovered by Avast, out of all devices exposed directly to the Internet, routers are the ones most targeted because they're the ones which act as a central hub for all other Internet-connected electronics in smart homes. Avast says in their report that "a router that is vulnerable to attack poses a risk for the whole home, much like leaving your front door unlocked. Cybercriminals can redirect compromised routers to access exactly what they want, including phones, computers or any other connected device." "It only takes one weak device to let in a bad hacker and once they are on the network, they can access other devices, and the personal data they stream or store, including live videos and voice recordings," said Avast President Ondrej Vlcek. "Simple security steps like setting strong, unique passwords and two-factor authentication for all device access, and ensuring software patches and firmware updates are applied when available, will significantly improve digital home integrity. Complete details posted on OUR FORUM.

 

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