We pay attention to viruses and the security of our mobile, our computer, our tablet. But there are other connected devices at home that you may not pay as much attention to and that we should also review. For example, your telly. whatThere are ways hackers can hack into your Smart Tsee? Yes, but we will explain, in the next paragraphs, what are the best tips and steps to protect yourself.
Today’s televisions are connected to the Internet and that makes them have many interesting functions and options but also that they are at risk and that they can be attacked by hackers if we leave them unprotected or if we are not careful.
how can they hack you
The most common is that there some security hole on your television and that allows it to be attacked. For example, if you do not update to the latest version of the operating system. It happens like on phones or tablets: the installed version may have some vulnerability and hackers can take advantage of it.
But it can also be a mistake on your part. The televisions have the option of download apps. Or, in many cases, we download an APK and transfer it to the TV. If this application is malware, we will be giving free rein to any hacker to access all personal data. Because it pretends to be an app that isn’t it and they fool you or because it is infected, for example.
Your Smart TV has different ways of connecting and that means that it can be attacked, just like any other device. Most commonly, through the Wi-Fi connection. If your WiFi network is hacked because it is not secure enough, it is easy to break into the TV and get hold of as much data as possible or damage it. Although the least of your problems if they hack your WiFi is that they hack your TV, they will have access to any device you have connected, so it will be convenient for you to use a good password for the network and to use a current security protocol. But your TV also has other types of connection options, such as the bluetooth. And through this method they can also hack you if it is always on and there is someone near you.
Another option is that we infect it ourselves. As? A friend has given you a flash drive with a very interesting movie and you plug it directly into the television. If that flash drive is infected, you will be quickly infecting your television.
In addition, they can not only be obtained with the personal data that you have in the different applications or services, but also you should keep in mind that many current televisions They have a webcam or microphone and the most serious attacks could cause your living room, your bedroom, or you to be listened to.
how can you avoid it
With common sense, above all. Avoiding these attacks is easy if we are careful. As you can see, all the above mentioned cases are avoidable. It is enough that you be careful with the use you make of the television, with what you connect, with what you install, with what you see, with what you plug in…
It is advisable, first of all, that you keep the operating system and all the applications that you have installed updated. In addition, as we have mentioned before, it is essential that have good overall security on your WiFi network. With this we will solve many of the possible problems that your TV may suffer.
But you should also be careful what you plug in or install. Don’t download apps that aren’t trustworthy or don’t seem trustworthy. read reviews, look for information and do not transfer APK of which you do not have all the details. The same also happens with a flash drive: do not insert any flash drive or hard drive that you have been loaned without first making sure that it is free of malware and viruses.
Also, if you want to prevent, you can install some antivirus available for Smart TV that will notify us in the event of a threat or unreliable websites.