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Your Smart TV May be Spying on You

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Your Smart TV May be Spying on You

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is here and at County Federal we look to keep our members informed about the latest scams and fraud. Have a smart TV? You might now have an in-house spy. The FBI is warning that smart TVs, which allow customers to stream their favorite shows through apps like Netflix and Hulu, can easily be used for spying.

Here’s all you need to know about this frightening hack.

How is this hack carried out?

Lots of smart TV models have webcams and microphones. This allows the TVs to offer all kinds of features, from facial recognition to video-chatting.  The FBI is warning that hackers are using these add-ons for nefarious reasons.

In the best-case scenario, the TV manufacturer and app developers can hack the TV’s webcam and use it to remotely change your channels or play with your settings.

In the worst-case scenario, cybercriminals access these cameras and microphones, turn them on whenever they please and then spy on unknowing victims. Creepiness aside, this stalking can grant a hacker access to a computer’s router and lead to identity theft, kidnapping and more.

Is there anything I can do about this hack?

The FBI advises consumers to research the model of their smart TV and to familiarize themselves with the control features and camera settings.

If possible, consumers should change the device’s default security settings and passwords. This will enable them to turn off the camera and microphone unless they are actually using it, and will serve as a deterrent for cybercriminals seeking to control the TV from a remote location.

If you’re still spooked by the FBI’s warnings and you want to take stronger measures to protect yourself against spying, secure a piece of black tape over the camera to keep out any prying eyes.

It’s also crucial to always install software updates offered by your TV’s manufacturer. Keeping your device updated will afford you the strongest current protection against vulnerabilities and weaknesses.

Cybersecurity expert Matt Tait has one final tip: If you don’t plan on using any of your TV’s smart features, you can disconnect the device from your network.

Keep yourself safe in our smart world by employing basic protective measures, keeping your devices updated and staying informed about the latest scams and hacks. At County Federal, safeguarding our members is of utmost importance. That's why we provide our members with the latest news in Security & Fraud to stay vigilant. Why not join us and experience the peace of mind that comes with County Federal membership?

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