Your smart TV could be spying on you

Well BUZZ fam, I’m sure you’ve heard of conspiracy theories that claim that your TV is spying on you. But as it turns out, these theories have some truth to them.

Yep! In a pre-holiday message to consumers, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) warns that smart TVs may be vulnerable to intrusion.

The message outlined how new advanced technological features risk allowing television manufacturers and app developers to snoop on consumers. The bureau also warned that malicious cyber actors can also take control of unsecured smart TVs and potentially wreak havoc on unsuspecting owners.

Malicious cyber actors can take control of your smart TV

These actions can be changing channels, playing with the volume, and showing your children inappropriate videos. In a worst-case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom TV’s camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you.

To guard against this happening, the FBI recommends that smart TV owners educate themselves on their device’s security settings, change default network passwords set by manufactures, and understand how to enable and disable microphones and cameras.

But, if your smart TV does not allow the disabling of cameras, then the bureau suggests placing black tape over the camera. This is one basic and simple solution to shutting out prying eyes.