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Smart Homes at Risk Due to Unpatched Vulnerabilities, Weak Credentials

New research by Avast shows that 40.8% of smart homes can be remotely attacked because of the presence of at least one vulnerable device. Of the vulnerable devices, two-thirds (69.2%) have weak security credentials, while the rest are running unpatched software.

The study found that routers, which are the most crucial devices as they form the central gateway to the Internet, are actually the most vulnerable to attacks. Almost 6 out of 10 routers (59.7%) were vulnerable to attacks because of software flaws or weak credentials. The poor state of router security can be explained by another finding, namely that 59.1% of users across the globe either never log in to their router to change the credentials, or never update the firmware.

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