NPI’s CEO Eric Hart appeared on WCAX-TV to talk about the potential for hacking through smart televisions. This fall the FBI warned consumers to take steps* to secure their tvs against potential security breaches. Additionally, Senator Chuck Schumer is raising this issue with the FTC and the National Institute of Standards in Technology.
*Tips to help people avoid having their TVs hacked:
- Know exactly what features your TV has and how to control those features. Do a basic Internet search with your model number and the words “microphone,” “camera,” and “privacy.”
- Don’t depend on the default security settings. Change passwords if you can – and know how to turn off the microphones, cameras, and collection of personal information if possible. If you can’t turn them off, consider whether you are willing to take the risk of buying that model or using that service.
- If you can’t turn off a camera but want to, a simple piece of black tape over the camera eye is a back-to-basics option.
- Check the manufacturer’s ability to update your device with security patches. Can they do this? Have they done it in the past?