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Old 12-01-2019, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default FBI warns about Smart TV security with cameras and mics

Many people are placing their Smart TV's in the bedroom, which could be a issue if hacked. One could disable the Internet connection in the TV and use a Roku Ultra instead (or better yet a 4K Blu-ray player also). This would stop the Smart TV camera and microphone from working if the Internet to the TV is disabled (SD slot and USB port might still be able to access the camera and mic but not the Internet connection). Or black electrical tape over the camera works.


"The FBI warned that hackers can take control of your unsecured smart TV and in worst cases, take control of the camera and microphone to watch and listen in."

"The FBI recommends placing black tape over an unused smart TV camera, keeping your smart TV up-to-date with the latest patches and fixes, and to read the privacy policy to better understand what your smart TV is capable of."

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Old 12-02-2019, 02:57 PM   #2
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If they want to watch, let them watch.
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Old 12-02-2019, 03:10 PM   #3
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im pretty sure my smart tv is smart enough to watch me itself.
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Old 12-02-2019, 03:19 PM   #4
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My LG 65" 4K smart TV is in my living room, and I'm not doing nor saying anything for anybody to be spying on because, half of the time the TV is not even on, and I'm not at home.
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:51 PM   #5
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Depending on the model of Smart TV, if the TV is plugged into a electrical outlet and turned off, the camera and microphone can still be used waiting for a remote signal, hand signal, or word to turn on the TV.
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Old 12-03-2019, 01:09 AM   #6
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I don't think my smart TV has a camera.
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Old 12-03-2019, 09:09 AM   #7
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I think we all need to come to terms with the fact that we don't have any privacy anymore. If you have a mobile phone, with access to the internet, that's it, you're life is online. Similarly if you have any device, with a camera and/ or mic that's attached to an IP network. All regardless of how many privacy disclaimers we sign.

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