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Christmas: Smart TV are a nice gift, but beware of cybercrime

Christmas: Smart TV are a nice gift, but beware of cybercrime. As all IoT devices, it can be compromised with high risks for the victims

Smart TV are a beautiful Christmas gift, but there also are at high risk to been compromised by cybercrime, as every IoT device. This, because they’re connected to the Internet, to allow people use popular streaming services and apps. Many have microphones and built-in cameras, used for facial recognition. There are also devices coming to market that allow users to video chat. A real gift for malicious hackers. As FBI cyber security experts underline, bad cyber actor may not be able to access locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that unsecured TV can give him or her an easy way in the backdoor through router. Hackers can also take control of unsecured TV. At the low end of the risk spectrum, they can play with it (changing channels, show inappropriate videos, ect…). In the worst, they can turn on TV’s camera and microphone and silently spy victims.

FBI shared some simple advices to increase Smart TV and users cyber security

Users, however, can protect themselves against “Smart TV attacks” with few steps. FBI shared some advices on how increase their cyber security. First of all you need to know exactly what features TV has and how to control them. Do a basic Internet search with your model number and the words “microphone,” “camera,” and “privacy.” Furthermore, don’t depend on the default security settings. Change passwords, and know how to turn off 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. If you can’t turn off a camera but want to, put a simple piece of black tape over it’s eye. Finally, check privacy policy for the TV manufacturer and streaming services you use. Confirm what data they collect, how they store and what they do with it.

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