It's hard to imagine that simply doing something that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people did over this weekend would be worthy of a warning from the FBI, but if you bought a smart TV you might want to read on.
The FBI says your new TV might be the thing hackers use to break into your home. Yes, that FBI.
As if there weren't already enough online threats to worry about, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to ruin your excitement over the amazing deal you got on that brand new 65" 4K television destined for the wall in your living room.
Talk about a buzzkill. Can it really be that bad?
Yes it can. As the FBI warns:
"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. A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that your unsecured TV can give him or her an easy way in the backdoor through your router."
Most of us, if we're paying attention, at least try to practice good cyber-hygiene when it comes to our laptops or smartphones. We turn on features like FaceID or TouchID. We activate two factor authentication for important online accounts. We don't share passwords.
Wait, you share your passwords? Be careful, Netflix isn't cool with that anymore.