But further, numerous newer models of smart TVs also come with a camera built into them. A worst-case scenario could see bad actors take control of these TVs to listen and watch owners without their knowledge.
FBI's Portland field office has warned of this very thing, saying that "Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home".
The agency also notes that some smart TVs come with built-in cameras and microphones, used for voice commands and facial recognition to identify different users and suggest appropriate programs.More news: Climate activist Greta Thunberg nears Lisbon port
According to CBS News, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning to consumers who just bought or are looking to purchase a new smart TV that they face potentially serious security risks. And this year at Defcon, the famed hacker conference, security researchers showed how smart TVs could be commandeered for darker purposes. Do a basic Internet search with your model number and the words "microphone", "camera", and "privacy".
Javvad Malik, security awareness advocate at KnowBe4, commented: "The main takeaway from this advisory should be that keeping devices patched and secure should be the responsibility of the manufacturer; we can not place the burden on the average consumer to be tech-savvy enough to check settings, permissions, and apply patches".
Change passwords and turn off mics and cameras - if you can't then consider a "simple piece of black tape over the camera eye".
Check the manufacturer's ability to update your device with security patches.More news: Don't cheer Tiger at Presidents Cup, Scott urges fans
As convenient as it might be, the most secure smart TV might be one that isn't connected to the internet at all. Can they do this?
With Cyber Monday now underway and people still wanting to grab good deals, it's worthwhile being aware of the new technology and devices that you're bringing into your home, and whether they are secure or not.
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