How to Make Your New Smart TV as Secure as Possible
Lots of people buy TVs on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but there’s a lot you’ll want to consider when setting up a smart TV—more than just plugging everything in. As with any internet-based product, smart TVs are vulnerable to hacking and security exploits. A hacked TV might sound like something you’d find on your favorite crime drama, but it’s a very real possibility. In fact, even the FBI has stepped in to warn customers about the potential dangers smart TVs pose, as pointed out in a recent Inc.com column. Here are a few of their tips, mixed in with some of our suggestions for upping the security of your smart TV:
Make sure your accounts are secure
First and foremost, always keep your TV’s user accounts and in-app profiles safe and secure by obeying strict sign-in requirements.
- Set up two-factor authentication (2FA) in apps or services when possible. In instances where 2FA is unavailable, at least make sure you have to enter passwords, pin numbers, or use biometric sign-ins for when you log into your TV or try to make purchases.
- Keep as much personal and financial information out of your TV or TV’s apps as you can.
- Create secondary user profiles with their own sign-in information and usage restrictions when possible.
- Don’t share passwords or login info to your TV’s master accounts.
Always install firmware and apps updates for your TV
The process of installing system updates on your TV can differ for each model and manufacturer, so check your user guide if you need specific instructions. If