Are you planning to upgrade to a smart TV? You might want to think twice before making that purchase.
According to a recent warning from an FBI field office, Smart TVs could leave owners vulnerable to advanced cyberattacks. Features of these high-tech devices include facial recognition, internet streaming, and microphone sensors – all of which create a field day for cybercriminals looking to take control of your unsecured smart TV and wreak havoc on your life.
Once cybercriminals gain access to the Smart TV, they can change channels, adjust volume levels, and display inappropriate videos and media. More alarming, however, is the potential for cyberstalking via hacking the device’s camera and microphone settings.
To avoid falling victim to such cyberattacks, the FBI recommends that smart TV owners should:
- Educate themselves about their device’s security settings
- Create complex passwords
- Routinely install software updates by Smart TV manufacturers
- Disable microphones and cameras
If your smart TV doesn’t allow the disabling of cameras, placing black tape over the camera is a simple solution to keep your privacy intact.
It’s easy to get caught up in the exciting perks of the latest fancy device and forget potential drawbacks. So, while you’re out shopping for those super sales this holiday season, don’t forget to be mindful of the risks of using smart TVs and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from potential cyberattacks.