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Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates

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Discontinued software support from firms means smart devices do not get updated. Also, the older they get, the risk of online hacking also increases, Which? says.

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U.K. informed consumer brand Which? warns smart appliances could stop operating after only two years due to a cessation of software updates from manufacturers.

Brands are "abandoning" products like TVs, smartphones, and washing machines, while the risk of hacking also escalates as the appliances age.

Which? said, "Hardly any brands even came close to matching their expected lifespan" with their smart update policies, while others did not clarify the duration of support.

Terminating software support for these products means their functionality cannot improve, and security patches are among the updates manufacturers provide.

"Manufacturers must up their game and provide vital tech updates for their smart products for longer, otherwise the government should consider further intervention in this area, including specifying a minimum number of years that these products have to be supported for," said Which?'s Rocio Concha.

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