Being Smart About Smart Devices & TVs: 4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Hackers

Smart devices make life much more convenient, but getting hacked can throw a wrench in that convenience. Here are 4 ways you can protect yourself and your smart devices, such as smart TVs, from hackers.

Use anti-virus software.

The first thing you need to do when you buy a new device is download anti-virus software to protect it. Often the device will come with the software already on it. Make sure the software is up-to-date so that it can provide you with the best protection.

Update apps frequently.

Get the most recent versions of any apps you are using on your Smart TVs or smartphones. Update apps and operating systems frequently or set them to update automatically so that your devices are more secure.

Use strong passwords.

You know not to use your birthday or pet’s name as your password, but creating a strong password goes beyond that basic knowledge. Anything that is recognizable as a word weakens a password. It is better to use random letters, numbers and symbols. Get into the habit of changing your passwords frequently, or use a password manager to ensure that you are not using the same password on multiple accounts.

Discourage tracking.

At first, it might seem clever that Smart TVs are guessing what kind of show you like based on your viewing history. However, this is another thing that can leave you vulnerable to hackers. Through your settings, you can turn off the smart interactivity that allows the device to track your preferences.

The convenience of your smart devices may improve your life, but it can also leave you vulnerable and put your privacy at risk. By staying updated, using strong security software, changing your strong passwords frequently, and disallowing your devices to track your activity, you can decrease your chances of being hacked.