Your Smart TV May Be Watching You

We're not here to ruin your recent Black Friday purchase, but it wouldn't be right if we didn't tell you this.

That shiny new Smart TV you bought for the holidays? It could be spying on you, the FBI warns.

FBI officials say TVs often have fewer security features than laptops or smartphones, leaving them more vulnerable to hackers looking to access your home network.

According to the FBI, hackers could potentially use that access to show inappropriate videos or even spy on you through the TV's camera. They recommend changing your password, disabling risky features, or even putting a piece of tape over the camera.

"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,"read a warning from the government bureau released just before the Black Friday holiday shopping weekend. 

"At the low end of the risk spectrum, they can change channels, play with the volume, and show your kids inappropriate videos," the FBI said. "In a worst-case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom TV's camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you." 

You may not care, but still. It never hurts to be extra cautious.

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