FBI Warns Hackers Are Using Smart TVs To Watch People In Their Homes

It has to be said… as much as we hate hackers, they’re pretty good at what they do. Hackers can access our most private information from the simplest of methods – even if that’s by using your smartphone out in public or on public transport.

Computers and smartphones are the most popular portals when it comes to hacking, but now it has been warned that hackers can now use smart TVs to invade our privacies.

Technology can be easily hacked – Pixabay

Smart TVs are all the range right now, and they have been flying off the shelves over the Black Friday weekend.

But the FBI has issued a warning that the internet-connected devices can allow hackers access to your home. Connected televisions with cameras and microphones can provide an opening for bad actors to spy on you and violate your privacy, they warned.

Watching a smart TV – Pixabay

Hackers can also take control of unsecured smart TVs and use them as a bridgehead to access your router and form their get into your computer or smartphone.

Smart TVs are incredibly advanced, with some models being designed with facial recognition technology, allowing for the television to determine who is watching and make suggestions for new programs to enjoy based on individual viewing histories. 

A smart TV in a home – Pixabay

“Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home,” a Portland, Oregon FBI spokesperson wrote on the bureau’s website

“A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly.”

So if you’re wanting to splurge on a smart TV, it is of the utmost importance that it is properly secured and backed up.

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