It seems that the more we are connected, the more privacy we lose. In a report and survey from & # 39; Consumer Report & # 39; they discovered that some smart TVs can keep track of what you're watching. The newer Smart TV from LG, Samsung, Sony, Vizio and others might just do something about it. It seems like they were trying to compete with Nielson in an effort to perform better on ratings. Most of us look at Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, RoKu and others. All of these need a Wi-Fi connection to work.
So how do they do it exactly? They all have so-called automatic content recognition (AGR) that checks what you are viewing. And of course you have to be connected to the internet via hardwire or Wi-Fi. The AGR is enabled by default.
The next thing you should ask, can my TV be hacked? Can someone penetrate my smart TV and take over management or do something else? The answer to both is yes. How difficult this is depends on the TV manufacturer or the maker of the Ruku, Hulu or other hardware devices connected to your TV. They should have some sort of security protection.
Can one of these be stopped? There are two basic ways, firstly to disconnect or disconnect the internet from your Smart TV, this is not always practical. The second will take some work and go into the menu options of your TV. Most TV manufacturers have a way to disable automatic content recognition. This depends on the TV. You should be able to find this in your TV user manual or on the manufacturer's website. The setting can usually be found in the System or Support setting in your setup menu.
It seems that every day we become more "connected" with this connection, so you can lose a lot more privacy. One of the best ways to stop or limit espionage is to ensure that your Wi-Fi router has been updated and that you have set it to the highest security with a very strong password. If you add additional connected items to your home, make sure that you understand what information they collect about you and how they will use them.
All security for your home, car, internet, etc. Starts with you. Do your research and make the necessary changes to protect your privacy.