Why FBI Is Giving Out Warnings Against Tech-driven Smart TV?

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Updated on Nov 28, 2020

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Did you go on a shopping spree last 'Black Friday'? Of course, you did, just like most of the people in this world! Who doesn't love a mega weekend sale???

Well, the thing that I am about to update you with, might change your complete perspective towards Black Friday, especially if you have got a smart TV. According to the report, if you have brought a Smart TV lately, then there are chances that it might be prone to different sorts of vulnerabilities.

Isn't this information a bit off?

It is hard to believe that an activity in which almost the entire world took part in can be a security concern. Apart from being a buzz-kill, this news also initiated a different set of concerns from all around the world. Let us find out all about them.

Black Friday sale brought a lot of offers, but along with the offers it also attracted a few concerns. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning for the people who have brought a smart TV during the Black Friday sale. According to the warning issued by the FBI, the TV might be a way for hackers to break into homes. And if the FBI is taking this seriously, then it is recommended that you do it too.

The world is currently suffering from different kinds of cyber-security issues. Amid the hustle, there is one issue that is drawing everyone's attention, including the FBI. Now, don't you, even for a second feel that the Bureau is trying to scrape off all your excitement. That is actually the last thing one needs. But it is always better to be safe than sorry.

The concern is regarding the 65'' 4K television.

According to them, there is a chance that your smart TV may act as a medium for others to enter your life. There is a huge chance that app developers and manufacturers may be keeping a close eye on your day to day activities. Television is actually a gateway for malicious entities/ hackers to mark an entrance in your home.

Not every hacker is capable enough to break the security circle around the locked-down computer. But unsecured TV can definitely provide hackers with a great opportunity to get to the backdoor, with the help of the router.

When it comes to being cyber secure, almost everyone is extra careful, especially with laptops and mobile phones.

Let us see how we are able to manage the same;

• By activating two-step authentication
• By adding a layer of security b through Face ID/ Touch ID
• By keeping the important credentials a secret

But it is very sad that not even a single security measure mentioned above exists on a smart TV. Yes, they are connected via the internet. But still, a lot of them are equipped with microphones, and cameras, putting them into a vulnerable position. If a hacker is able to get access to your camera device in a living or bedroom, a lot of damage can be caused.

FBI admits that such attacks are rare, but not everyone knows when their TV microphone is hacked. One cannot neglect the fact that Smart TV provides an easy process for them to achieve the motive.

Too much of anything has a tendency to cause harm to our functioning. The more we indulge ourselves in technology, the more we get caught into its complexities. So it is better to maintain a safe hand distance.

So keep updating your security software and stay tuned to this space for more information.

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