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FBI warns US citizens that connected televisions can provide hackers a window into their homes ─ encouraging owners to stick TAPE over their smart TV cameras.
For many people, watching television is a beloved pastime — but could your smart TV be watching you in return? As discount smart TVs fly off the shelves in Cyber Monday sales, 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.
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.
To combat this, they advocate familiarising yourself with your TV’s privacy features and policies, not relying on default settings and covering cameras with tape.
As discount smart TVs fly off the shelves in Cyber Monday sales, the FBI has issued a warning that the internet-connected devices can allow hackers access to your home
Smart ─ or ‘connected’ ─ televisions are those devices that link to the internet and allow the use of various apps and streaming services.

FBI warns US citizens that connected televisions can provide hackers a window into their homes ─ encouraging owners to stick TAPE over their smart TV cameras.
For many people, watching television is a beloved pastime — but could your smart TV be watching you in return? As discount smart TVs fly off the shelves in Cyber Monday sales, 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.
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.
To combat this, they advocate familiarising yourself with your TV’s privacy features and policies, not relying on default settings and covering cameras with tape.
As discount smart TVs fly off the shelves in Cyber Monday sales, the FBI has issued a warning that the internet-connected devices can allow hackers access to your home
Smart ─ or ‘connected’ ─ televisions are those devices that link to the internet and allow the use of various apps and streaming services.

FBI warns US citizens that connected televisions can provide hackers a window into their homes ─ encouraging owners to stick TAPE over their smart TV cameras.
For many people, watching television is a beloved pastime — but could your smart TV be watching you in return? As discount smart TVs fly off the shelves in Cyber Monday sales, 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.
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.
To combat this, they advocate familiarising yourself with your TV’s privacy features and policies, not relying on default settings and covering cameras with tape.
As discount smart TVs fly off the shelves in Cyber Monday sales, the FBI has issued a warning that the internet-connected devices can allow hackers access to your home
Smart ─ or ‘connected’ ─ televisions are those devices that link to the internet and allow the use of various apps and streaming services.

• Check the privacy policy for the TV manufacturer and the streaming services you use. Confirm what data they collect, how they store that data, and what they do with it.
A simple piece of black tape over the smart TV’s camera eye is a back-to-basics option for ensuring privacy. Alternatively, one can purchase a cheap lens cover.
Culled from Mailonline

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