A hacked smart TV presents problems on many levels. A prankster could switch channels on you, order movies you don’t want, or blast the volume when you least expect it. On another level, a hacked TV can have a direct impact on your security and safety, according to Andrew Newman, CEO and founder of Reason Software Company. Hackers can mine your TV apps (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) for payment information and can use your TV as a gateway to get into other connected devices in your home. “Researchers have found that many manufacturers set the same default passwords for the same type of devices, and often users don’t change them. This means that if you have ten network-connected devices and at least one of them you didn’t take care of—the whole network is compromised.” Change your passwords every three to six months to protect yourself. Don’t miss these 20 secrets a home security installer won’t tell you.
While it’s cost-effective and handy to be able to control the temperature of your home while you’re out—say cranking up the AC when you’re headed home from the office—smarthome systems are vulnerable, says Jason Hart, VP and CTO for Data Protection at Gemalto. “Hackers can control a thermostat and crank up the heat until the owner pays a ransom.”