Smart TV Warnings: Effective Steps to Protect You from Hackers

Smart TV Warnings: Effective Steps to Protect You from Hackers

Hackers can take control of Smart TV’s, as they reach more households due to their increased demand.

Besides, the TV manufacturer and app developers listening and watching you, the device can also act as a gateway for hackers to enter your home.

Hackers can show your kids inappropriate videos, change channels, can turn on TV’s camera, microphone and cyberstalk you.

Things you must do to safeguard your family and enjoy your Smart TV

1-Know exactly what features your TV has and how to control those features. Do a basic Internet search with your model number and the words “microphone,” “camera,” and “privacy.”

2-Don’t depend on the default security settings. Change passwords if you can – and know how to turn off the microphones, cameras, and collection of personal information if possible. If you can’t turn them off, consider whether you are willing to take the risk of buying that model or using that service.

3-If you can’t turn off a camera but want to, a simple piece of black tape over the camera eye is a back-to-basics option.

4-Check the manufacturer’s ability to update your device with security patches. Can they do this? Have they done it in the past?

5-Check the privacy policy for the TV manufacturer and the streaming services you use. Confirm what data they collect, how they store that data, and what they do with it.