Samsung TVs, Today Featuring Security Through Obscurity?

Source: Slashdot Samsung TVs, Today Featuring Security Through Obscurity?

If It Could, You Should – QLED

Samsung ruffled a few feathers by tweeting out that you should scan your Samsung QLED TVs regularly, with steps on how to do so, and then immediately deleting the tweet … something denizens of the internet never find suspicious in the least.   There are many questions raise from this whole event; is there a specific new threat they are concerned about, why specifically mention QLED TVs when many other types sport WiFi, why isn’t the scan automatic and lastly why delete the information?

We may not get the answers to those questions for some time, regardless you should be scanning any ‘smart’ device for viruses.  You should ignore the claims by various companies, such as Google and Apple, that their devices are inherently secure and nothing will ever infect you because those claims are utterly fallacious.

Seeing as how the the tweet has been deleted, here are the steps to scan if you are not already familiar with them.  Bring up your menu and choose Settings -> General, scroll down to System Manager and look for the Smart Security tab, from there you will be able to click on Scan.

In a tweet, Samsung US support account shared a video Sunday outlining how users can scan their smart TVs for viruses. It is unclear what prompted the tweet or why the process seems to be opt-in as opposed to the operating system automatically scanning for viruses in the background.

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1 Comment

  1. tmanini

    “You should ignore the claims by various companies, such as Google and Apple, that their devices are inherently secure and nothing will ever infect you”

    What?!? I can’t think of a single statement from Apple stating such a thing. Nor does a search turn it up.
    And for the last decade Apple has made significant moves in the field of security.
    They readily recommend products like Malwarebytes, should you feel something has gotten past the built in definitions. (XProtect for instance)

    Now, you might ask why Apple hasn’t released a highly evolved antimalware package, like Windows… and that’s a good question. Apple so far has left that to third parties like SOPHOS.

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