Your Smart TV May be Spying on You

Your Smart TV May be Spying on You

The FBI warns you about your Smart TV, those Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Those TVs you just bought may reap rewards for cybercriminals intent on harming you.

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An FBI field office is warning us that smart TV television that can connect to the internet and have facial recognition might be vulnerable to intrusion.

In addition to the advanced technological features of the televisions is that manufacturers and developers can snoop in on consumers.

Matt Tait, cybersecurity expert, and former analyst at GCHQ, the British signals intelligence service says.

Next-gen smart TVs and devices run complex software, have Internet connections, and often have integrated sensors like microphones.

These features enable things like internet streaming services and voice-commands, but can unfortunately be subverted by hackers if the device gets compromised.

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The FBI warning states,

At the low end of the risk spectrum, they can change channels, play with the volume, and show your kids inappropriate videos.

In a worst-case scenario. They can turn on your bedroom TV’s camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you.

In order to guard consumers against intrusions, the FBI recommends people to educate themselves. If a smartTV is not allowing you to disable your camera, the bureau recommends placing tape over the camera. Now that’s one basic solution that might save you down the road.

Now Trait warns people also that is it important that they install the software updates when an update is up. Also, be aware and don’t just download anything off the television.

So, let us all be careful about buying and using the televisions we have today.