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Samsung TVs Risk Virus Infections

Paul Rubens - June 18, 2019 - 08:02 AM
Samsung TVs Risk Virus Infections
The company ships televisions with McAfee Security for TV software, but few owners use it.

(CCM) — Samsung has urged owners of its QLED smart TVs to scan their television sets for viruses every few weeks in a tweet which has since been deleted, according to a BBC report.

The tweet, from the Samsung Support USA account, said: "Scanning your computer for malware viruses is important to keep it running smoothly. This is also true for your QLED TV if it's connected to Wi-Fi! Prevent malicious software attacks on your TV by scanning for viruses on your TV every few weeks. Here's how."

Some of Samsung's TVs run its own proprietary operating system called Tizen, and many of these are supplied with McAfee Security for TV anti-virus software.

The tweet was accompanied by a video which demonstrated how to find and run an anti-virus scan, which involves more than 12 remote control button presses, according to the report.

But Ken Munro, a security expert at Pen Test Partners, said that running a virus check is a waste of time. "There is a tiny number of known malware that might attack a TV," he said in the report. "I've seen one case of a ransomware infection but the prospect of it happening to most users is very small. A better solution would be for Samsung to automatically update its operating system for you."

Samsung later issued a statement to the BBC saying: "We understand that this may have caused some confusion and we want to clarify that this was simply a way to inform and educate consumers about one of the features included in our products."

Image: © Samsung.
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