Samsung Reminds Users to Scan Smart TVs for Malware

Samsung's privacy policy explained "If your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party", but failed to explain who the third party would be.

With the rush to add this "smart" functionality to TVs, then, there's little surprise to find that security and privacy take a back seat - a fact Samsung owners found highlighted this week when the company's U.S. division posted a message, since deleted, to Twitter advising them to regularly scan their smart TVs for malware. To a lesser extent, this can be true of smartphones and tablets, particularly if you venture away from reputable store fronts to grab your apps.

It is unclear what prompted the tweet or why the process seems to be opt-in as opposed to the operating system automatically scanning for viruses in the background.

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Smart Samsung TVs should be scanned for malware infections every few weeks using the built-in Smart Security solution that is created to inspect the TVs and all connected storage devices for viruses. But it clearly must have had a change of mind, as it deleted the tweet and the one suggesting users scan their QLED sets.it just didn't quite do it before the BBC's Leo Kelion got wind of it and captured the tweets. Unfortunately, we could not provide the video Samsung has posted up, due to the fact that the tweet has been removed soon after. "Every few weeks" was the suggestion, with Samsung sharing a video showing how to do this on your TV. It starts with the platform stage, with smart TVs being created to encrypt certain data, such as user account and password information. "There is a tiny number of known malware that might attack a TV", said Ken Munro, of Pen Test Partners,"I've seen one case of a ransomware infection but the prospect of it happening to most users is very small". And finally there is a hardware stage, with a security solution at the chip architecture level.

While viruses are not a new issue for users, Samsung adding a malware scanner to their Smart TVs may appear to be a bit of an overkill.

To scan for viruses on your Samsung QLED TV, head to "settings" then "general".

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