One of the hot gift items this past December was an Internet-connected "smart TV," but what many new owners don't realize is that these TVs can be hacked -- just like a computer or smartphone.
How the Scam Works
When you use your smart TV to browse the Internet or connect through apps, scammers can take advantage of security holes to gain access to your device. On some TVs, the apps aren't as secure as those on your smartphone.
Once they hack your TV, scammers can access the camera and voice controls. They can use this to spy on your home (to time a break in) or listen in on conversations. Scammers can also gain access to information on the machine, such as usernames and passwords, or even computers on the same network.
Smart TV hacking isn't really a big issue yet. But as more people purchase these TVs, con artists are bound to find ways to use them for scams. This just happened with smartphones a few years ago.
Tips to keep your smart TV secure:
For More Information
Learn more about the "The Internet of Things" and how to keep Internet-connected devices in your home secure in this infographic from the National Cyber Security Alliance.