Samsung really wants you to know that you should be running a virus scan on your stupid smart TVs
Not so smart now, eh?
You might not know that your smart TV can get a virus, but it can. That’s the message sent out by Samsung earlier today, letting owners of its QLED TVs know that they should periodically check with the inbuilt anti-virus software.
Samsung’s Smart TVs can get computer viruses, just like anything else
I guess the important thing from the (now deleted) tweet is that your smart TV is really a small computer with a big screen. That means it’s just as big a target for hackers and malware, and should be considered when thinking of security.
It’s not just Samsung’s QLED range, pretty much any TV the company makes over 40-inches has smart features, most running Samsung’s own Tizen operating system.
Since Samsung has deleted the tweet, you might be wondering how to actually scan your TV for viruses. I mean, it’s not like you can plug it into your PC and run whatever antivirus you have.
- Turn on your Samsung TV and head to Settings > General
- Scroll to System Manager
- Select the tab Smart Security and then select Scan
- Then it’s just a case of waiting while the built-in antivirus scans your TV
Can we go back to having ‘dumb’ TVs, please?
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