Security warning about Smart TVs

We’ve all survived the Black Friday and Cyber Monday super sales where some of the big-ticket items are Smart TVs. The FBI just released a warning that your new toy may be a cyber criminal’s best friend.

Smart TVs typically include internet streaming, cameras, microphones and other advanced technologies allowing the manufacturer or app developers to snoop on you.

Malicious cyber actors may be able to take control of your unsecured TV. Low risk activities might include changing channels, play with volume controls or modify settings. High risk activities might include turning on the camera or microphone to record your activities.

The FBI suggests you get familiar with the TV settings, especially concerning any cameras, microphones and what personal information you put in the settings.

And don’t think that your smart TV is the only risk in the house or office. Back in January 2014 ProofPoint, a California Security firm, identified an infected fridge that was part of a larger “botnet” of infected internet connected smart appliances. Not only did the fridge keep the milk cold, it also delivered malicious spam and phishing emails, without the owner’s knowledge.

Finally, just last month there’s a report that our favourite smart voice assistants can be hacked using a laser. Is this easy? Probably not. But once the cyber criminals can work out how to make a buck out of it, who knows.

Do you have a firewall to protect your internet connected devices from cyber threats?

How safe do you feel when you’re at home or an office with Smart devices?

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