FBI Warns US Citizens Televisions Connected To The Internet Can Provide Hackers A Window Into Their Homes — Encourages Owners To Tape Over Their Smart TV Cameras
Dec 09, 2019 by apost team
Technology has become a part of our daily lives; however, the FBI is now issuing a warning that it can be dangerous to use some devices without extreme care. Smart televisions are all the rage by offering viewers an interactive experience that connects their device to the internet. While smart TV sales were through the roof on Cyber Monday, the FBI is taking some extra care to ensure that the users know the safety risks.
According to the Daily Mail, the FBI is warning citizens that these televisions that connect to the internet and use cameras and microphones to enhance the experience can ultimately provide hackers with the opportunity to spy on you and “get into” your home.
Not only can these criminals use the televisions to listen in on you and violate your home privacy, but they can use unsecured smart TVs to access internet routers, giving them additional access to your computers and smartphones.
While it’s impossible to be completely safe online, the FBI is issuing a warning that the owners of smart TVs be proactive about their safety.
Even basic hackers can use television access to do annoying things like switching channels, adjusting the volume, and giving children access to videos they shouldn’t be watching. In worse cases, they may even use bedroom TVs to watch individuals within their own rooms.
While US citizens are urged to report hacking, there are some steps to nip the problem in the bud and stop it before it even starts.istockphoto.com/Denniro
Smart TV owners are urged to know exactly what features their TV possesses and how to properly use them. By accessing the security settings, individuals can turn off cameras and passwords while also deleting personal information. Cameras that can’t be deactivated can be blocked by simply placing some black tape over the eye. Check out the privacy and safety measures that are offered by the manufacturers of the TV, while understanding any data that they choose to collect.
While smart TVs may offer a fun way to watch movies while interacting with the device, they can be a dangerous addition to a household. If you haven’t purchased a smart TV yet, carefully consider all the risks and weigh them against the benefits.
What are your thoughts on smart TVs and the security risks that they present? Let us hear what you think in the comment section, and then invite your friends to learn more about the safety measures necessary for smart TV owners.