Your gleaming, high-tech flat screen, like anything else linked to the Internet, is vulnerable to security flaws that every owner should be aware of.
To begin with, these incredible home entertainment gadgets are built to collect data from their customers. They’re designed to collect data on your TV viewing patterns and then send it to manufacturers or content providers that are eager to learn more about viewing trends and behaviors.
As you would expect, they are very useful to content providers since they offer data that allows them to monitor subscriber patterns and overall/specific demand for material to attract new subscribers and retain current ones. While this isn’t necessarily a security problem, it should be regarded as a privacy matter that all users should be aware of.
You may be able to limit your exposure or prevent your television from gathering too much information about your watching habits by simply turning off the capability in the settings, as indicated in the video above. This feature may be turned off in a variety of ways depending on the brand and manufacturer, so see your model’s handbook or contact the manufacturer’s hotline for instructions.
Furthermore, certain models (such as the one featured in this Wall Street Journal article) can even collect speech data via their voice command/recognition capabilities. You should examine the privacy policies for such models to ensure that you are aware of your privacy risks.
Smart TV Security And Privacy Issues – What’s All The Fuss About?
Is it possible to hack a smart TV?
Yes, in a nutshell. Because these devices run operating systems (such as Android) that allow them to connect to the Internet, skilled hackers may exploit the flaws in such platforms. Another Consumer Reports article on the potential horrors of hacked Smart TVs may be seen below.
Is it possible to prevent your television from being hacked?
Yes, you can lower your risk by following a few easy precautions. To begin, ensure your operating system is constantly updated to the most recent version available and that you install software updates as needed. You’ll need to consult your device’s handbook for instructions on how to accomplish this. Second, while not in use, switch off and disconnect the television. Third, constantly be aware of how your television is acting. If you suspect that someone is remotely manipulating your television, turn it off immediately and seek professional assistance.
If your Smart TV has a built-in camera, you should cover the lens with tape while not in use. This does not, in and of itself, prevent hacking, but it does assure you that hackers will not be able to get pictures of you without your knowledge.
Is it necessary to be concerned?
We are presently unaware of any hacks that have resulted in a significant breach of privacy or security, although this does not rule out the possibility. Hackers having remote access to the TV’s settings and functionalities seems to be the worst-case scenario for now, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned.
So, certainly, an ounce of attention is required, and it is recommended that we all take the basic precautionary actions outlined in this article to safeguard our privacy and keep hackers away from our cherished flat screens!
Thanks for reading, stay safe!