That Smart TV You're Watching May Actually Be Watching YOU.

Are cyber stalkers watching YOU without you knowing it?

December 3, 2019
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Ready to have the poopety poop scared out of you? Apparently that smart TV you're watching may actually be watching YOU. Or at least the cyber hackers who cracked into it could be! Did you know a lot of "smart TVs" that use your internet connection to download apps offer hackers a "back door" into your internet, devices, and basically your LIFE!

"Next-gen smart TVs and devices run complex software, have Internet connections, and often have integrated sensors like microphones," says Matt Tait, cybersecurity expert and former analyst at GCHQ, the British signals intelligence service. "These features enable things like internet streaming services and voice-commands, but can unfortunately be subverted by hackers if the device gets compromised."

"At the low end of the risk spectrum, they can change channels, play with the volume, and show your kids inappropriate videos," the FBI warning states. "In a worst-case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom TV's camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you."

In order to guard against possible intrusion, the FBI recommends that smart TV owners educate themselves on their device's security settings (available from a simple Google search), change default network passwords set by manufactures, and understand how to enable and disable microphones and cameras.