It’s funny to hear someone say, “My Smart TV got hacked by a hacker.”
But the truth is, like any other connected device, TVs are vulnerable to security threats.
With the increasing popularity of smart TVs that can connect to the internet and run apps, the risk of hacking has also increased.
As per NordVPN, about 60% of people have smart TVs in their homes, and 1 out of 4 of them do nothing to protect their smart devices from malware.
Hard to believe?
“A Reddit user recently shared a creepy experience of a hacker taking control of their TV and giving instructions, eventually revealing their identity with a sinister laugh and spoken name (full thread here).”
That’s why securing your TCL TV from hacking is a must.
- Update the TV’s firmware regularly.
- Disable unused features.
- Use a VPN.
- Avoid Connecting Unsecured Devices.
- Use a Secure Network.
1) Update the TV’s firmware regularly
This should be your first stop!
TCL releases firmware updates frequently to enhance their TV’s functionality. These update not only fixes bugs or glitches but also address security vulnerabilities.
Just check for updates now and then, and when you see one, go ahead and install it.
2) Disable Unused Features
TCL TVs have lots of fancy features, but you might not use them all.
If you don’t use things like voice commands or the camera, turn them off in the settings.
This will reduce the attack surface and make your TV less vulnerable to hacking.
Bonus tip: If your TV has a camera, cover it when you’re not using it. This stops hackers from spying on you or using the camera for bad stuff.
3) Use VPN (Only for TCL Android TV users)
Every security expert recommends using a VPN while browsing the internet or streaming content online.
A VPN is like a secret tunnel between your device and the internet.
When you connect to the internet without a VPN, your internet service provider (ISP) can see what you are doing online. They can potentially track your activity and see which websites you are visiting.
But when you use a VPN, your traffic is turned into an encrypted secret code. This code can only be deciphered by your device and the VPN server.
This makes it much harder for anyone to see what you are doing online, including your ISP.
Remember: It’s impossible to install a VPN directly on a TCL Roku TV. However, you can still use it by sharing a Virtual Private Network connection over WiFi using your MacBook or by installing the VPN on your router.
4) Avoid Connecting Unsecured Devices
Whenever possible, avoid connecting unsecured devices to your TV.
This is similar to opening the door to strangers.
This is something I think everyone should consider because connecting an infected device can allow hackers to take control of your TV or steal your personal information, such as passwords or other sensitive information.
Always try to stick with trusted devices and brands that you know are safe to use.
5) Use a Secure Network
Typically, 40% of hacking activities are performed through an unsecured internet connection.
Hackers use a technique called “wardriving” to find open or unsecured Wi-Fi networks. It involves driving around with a device that can detect Wi-Fi signals and then using those signals to access the network and potentially hack into any devices connected to it.
Always use strong, unique passwords and keep the router’s firmware up-to-date.
Is Roku safe from Hackers?
Roku gadgets, just like other devices that connect to the internet, might be at risk from hackers if they have weak security or if you don’t set them up securely.
But don’t worry, Roku is serious about security. They frequently release updates to fix any known security problems.
To safeguard your Roku from hackers, follow all the steps I mentioned above.
That’s it, you are safe…
Q: Can someone hack into my TCL Roku TV and steal my personal information?
Yes, if your TV is not secured properly, it is possible for hackers to access your personal information and other sensitive data.
Therefore, it’s important to secure your TCL Roku TV to prevent such attacks.
Q: How do I know if my TCL Roku TV’s software is up-to-date?
You can check if your TCL Roku TV’s software is up-to-date by going to Settings > System > System update > Check now. If an update is available, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install it.
Q: Do I really need to create a strong Wi-Fi password for my TCL Roku TV?
Yes, creating a strong Wi-Fi password is important not just for securing your TCL Roku TV but also for protecting all the devices connected to your home network.
Q: Is it safe to connect my TCL Roku TV to a public Wi-Fi network?
No, it is not safe to connect your TCL Roku TV to a public Wi-Fi network as it increases the risk of unauthorized access to your TV and other devices connected to your home network.
Abdul Kader, a handy guy and experienced founder of a TV repair shop in Gulshan, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is mainly an expert in understanding and repairing different types of issues with Smart TVs and providing helpful insights on how to keep them in good working order. Read his Full Story.