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your smart TV could be hacked. Update password now

Consumers, beware of that smart TV in your living room. As we’ve told you before, it could be spying on you. 

Now, even the FBI agrees. An Oregon branch put out a statement urging Black Friday shoppers to be aware of the hacking possibilities of their new purchases. 

“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,” says the FBI. 

A young woman eating popcorn and watching TV in her living room

Let us explain. 

Smart TVs, from such manufacturers as Samsung, LG, Sony and Vizio, eliminate the need for a streaming accessory because they have built-in apps to connect to internet programming from the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.  

But because they connect to the internet, you now have a two-way machine in your living room. The companies that make the sets can  monitor your viewing habits: what you watch, when you watch and how often, and sell that data to third parties, unless you opt-out, which you can usually do in the Settings. Some manufacturers ask you to opt-in for this when you set up the TV, or force you to go in and opt-out after the fact.

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