California to Require Unique Passwords for Every Connected Device
Oct 5, 2018, 2:34 PM by Eric M. Zeman
The State of California has passed new legislation that will require hardware makers to provide a unique password for each and every device made or sold in the state. The "Information Privacy: Connected Devices" bill was approved by the legislature and will become law on January 1, 2020. It prevents devices from shipping with default passwords, such as 0000 or 123456, which are considered weak and hackable. Device makers will need to install a unique password for every device at the time of manufacture, or require owners to create their own unique password upon first booting or interacting with the device. This law applies to connected devices, or those that are "capable of connecting to the internet, directly or indirectly, and that [are] assigned an Internet Protocol address or Bluetooth address." The goal is to prevent hackers from accessing certain types of connected gear via common passwords that can be guessed easily.
Jan 14, 2021
Samsung today officially unveiled its Galaxy S21 series of flagship phones for 2021. All three models sport a distinctive new "Contour Cut Camera" design where the metal frame extends around one corner to surround the rear cameras.
Mar 23, 2021
OnePlus today announced the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, its newest flagship phones. The 9 Pro is a true flagship-class phone with a QHD AMOLED display with variable refresh from 1 to 120 Hz, and IP68 water rating, starting at $969.
Feb 9, 2022
Samsung today announced its lineup of flagship phones for 2022: the Galaxy S22 series. The top-end S22 Ultra sees the biggest changes as it essentially absorbs Samsung's Note series with an integrated S Pen stylus and a more Note-like shape and design, instead of the Contour Cut design of the other models.
Aug 10, 2022
Samsung has announced its newest generation of foldable phones: the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Galaxy Z Flip4. Both have similar designs and features compared to their predecessors, with a slew of small updates and refinements across the board.