Samsung And Roku Smart TVs Vulnerable To Hacking Alleges Consumer Reports

Best-selling Roku devices and Samsung TVs found to be vulnerable to hacks

That's what Consumer Reports found out after studying the five biggest TV brands.

During their search, specialists from Consumer Reports together with privacy-enhancing software developer Disconnect have revealed that the vulnerability of TLC's appeared due to an unsecured remote control API. Without much effort, a hacker could take control of a flawed smart TV, change channels, mess with the volume, install apps and play inappropriate content from those apps.

Millions of smart televisions may be vulnerable to hackers, according to Consumer Reports.

Working with engineers from security firm Disconnect, Consumer Reports found the flaws rather easily. It found millions of smart TV's don't do enough to protect your security.

However, Roku said Wednesday morning in a blog post that Consumer Reports "got it wrong" and there is "no security risk" with its devices.

The findings of Consumer Reports, however, state that the security issues will not allow hackers to spy on users or steal their information.

"We take the security of our platform and the privacy of our users very seriously", said Gary Ellison, a Roku vice president. "This happens because many smart TV's have a programming interface, called an API, that lets you use for smartphone or tablet as a remote control over WiFi", said Rerecich.

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If you want to keep your binge-watching and late-night surfing private, you can turn off the monitoring - but you'll have to go back into the original setup menus, the one you likely flipped right through in your eagerness to start watching.

The actual act of changing the settings is easy, he adds, but most consumers never bother with fiddling with menu changes.

Software companies that are integrated into these smart TVs take out the viewers watching information to suggest other TV shows and movies to viewers.

It also says "a constant stream of viewing data will be collected through automatic content recognition" and encourages viewers to turn the feature off. Samsung's privacy practices are specifically created to keep the personal information of consumers secure.

While we're proud of our own testing process here at TrustedReviews, it's fair to say Consumer Reports carries a lot of weight with shoppers, especially in the US.

Consumers are used to letting Internet-streaming services Netflix, YouTube and Hulu track everything they watch on their services, in order to recommend other shows.

Three ways to avoid these exploits include resetting the TV to factory settings and not agree to the collection of viewing data.

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