Samsung Wanting You to Run Virus Scans on Its Smart TVs Shows How Dumb They Can Be

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Early this week Samsung sent a tweet to remind users of its smart TVs to run malware scans on their TVs every few weeks virus scanning software the TVs come inbuilt with. The now deleted tweet read: Scanning your computer for malware viruses is important to keep it running smoothly. This is also true for your QLED TV if it’s connected to WiFi! Prevent malicious software attacks on your TV by scanning for viruses on your TV every few weeks

The tweet was posted alongside an accompanying video showing how to do it that had already accumulated 200,000 views.

Criticism

The recent announcement was not welcomed well



Samsung should take this responsibility up their own hands by automatically updating the Tizen OS for you.

People shared their thoughts of now wanting to back to the era of dumb TVs

If you’re planning to buy a smart TV, this recent announcement will put you off going that road


In 2017, WikiLeaks revealed that the CIA had “Weeping Angel” software that could make Samsung TVs be listening devices. Samsung later released a post sharing the security features of its TVs.

This is not the first incident to raise your security concerns over smart Tvs. Vizio Smart TVs were discovered to have software that collected users viewing data without their consent installed. The company paid $2.2m to the FTC to settle these charges. Other incidents include this one about ransomware infection plus this one shared on Reddit about LG TV’s getting infected too. Other smart TVs come lacking preloaded security measures thus becoming vulnerable to malware such as the CVE-2019-12477.

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