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Your smart TV could be listening to your private conversations

Your smart TV could be listening to your private conversations
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I've warned you before that computer viruses are coming soon to a television near you. 

Turns out, that's just the tip of the iceberg ... there's more to worry about.

If you own a new "smart TV," you run the risk of being spied on. Viruses and malicious apps that make their way into TVs have the power to record audio of whatever is going on in your house near the TV. But how?

Felix Ingram, principal consultant at NCC Group says,

"Malicious apps could be downloaded from the manufacturer’s app store. The TV does have the option for auto-updating, so releasing a legitimate app, then releasing a malicious update, is another attack vector."

In other words, Ingram's research shows smart TVs can be abused in much the same way that dodgy apps on Android software stores hijack smartphones and tablets.

Your best bet is to only download apps you know are from reputable companies. If your TV does have a built-in microphone - or even webcam - covering it up when it isn't in use is a good idea.

Hackers will not only break into high-tech TVs, but lightbulbs, nanny cams, refrigerators, toilets, smart thermostats and other appliances to learn more about you. Click here to see what they can find out.

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Source: The Register
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