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Samsung is telling customers on twitter they should scan their TVs for malware

https://twitter.com/SamsungSupport/status/1140409768743452672?s=19

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Scanning your computer for malware viruses is important to keep it running smoothly. This also is 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 👇 https://t.co/7hWUfJwy1K

Thanks Samsung for the reminder to never buy a Tizen OS Samsung Smart TV. I will stick with Android TV or buy a STB that actually cares about security.

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they should be credited for reminding customers,every OS is vulnerable
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Every OS has vulnerabilities and you should always put an updated router in front of it. Their marketing is stupid but at least they are warning customers that their OS is not malwareproof.
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This is why I don't do streaming through Smart TVs very often, I'd much prefer to just stream through Roku, Firestick, ATV, etc.
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Every OS has vulnerabilities and you should always put an updated router in front of it. Their marketing is stupid but at least they are warning customers that their OS is not malwareproof.
Every OS doesn't require user intervention to deal with said vulnerability. Android TV, Roku, Fire TV, etc would never need a user to scan for malware. This sounds like windows xp days.

Also: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017...ishly-written/
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reminder to self when you get home from work:

disconnect Samsung TV Ethernet cable/ be sure wifi is disabled
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Every OS doesn't require user intervention to deal with said vulnerability. Android TV, Roku, Fire TV, etc would never need a user to scan for malware. This sounds like windows xp days.

Also: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017...ishly-written/
Samsung doesn't "need a user to scan for malware". This is just a gimmick from Samsung's Android skin which also has malware scanning built-in. It's just something that is there to make the user feel safer, but does very little. What matters is keeping the OS up to date, and keeping your router firmware up to date. I don't like this scanning gimmick, but you guys are making it sound like Tizen guarantees you will be infected. Your Roku, Android TV, FireTV will also stop being updated someday and you will have to buy another device to get the updated software. What you CAN do to protect yourself when all these consumer devices stop being updated is use a router that always continues to be updated, preferably with open source firmware.
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My new set has never been updated or online, and i think its going to stay that way. I think I have a fantastic firmware version for my model...
A lot of people think new firmware better tv...he, he, he, not always buddy.
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Hardly new. You can find plenty of security software on the Play Store for Android TVs and PlayStations also come with an anti-virus program.

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Hmmm sounds like a Monthly subscription feature they will eventually push. A Samsung Antivirus, 1st years Under Warranty Coverage the Antivirus is Included as soon as your Warranty Expires So does the Antivirus and your TV is Vulnerable Lol.
Sounds far fetched remember Sony Root Kits were a real thing.
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Samsung doesn't "need a user to scan for malware". This is just a gimmick from Samsung's Android skin which also has malware scanning built-in. It's just something that is there to make the user feel safer, but does very little. What matters is keeping the OS up to date, and keeping your router firmware up to date. I don't like this scanning gimmick, but you guys are making it sound like Tizen guarantees you will be infected. Your Roku, Android TV, FireTV will also stop being updated someday and you will have to buy another device to get the updated software. What you CAN do to protect yourself when all these consumer devices stop being updated is use a router that always continues to be updated, preferably with open source firmware.
Throwing away an older Roku stick and spending 40 bucks on a new one is much easier than throwing away an entire TV.
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Throwing away an older Roku stick and spending 40 bucks on a new one is much easier than throwing away an entire TV.
Another reason to not be so upset by this. There's many ways to dumb down a Smart TV.

1) I have a new Samsung TV and I simply do NOT accept the terms and conditions to use the smart features. It effectively makes the Smart TV into a TV with basic features.

2) Just disconnect the TV from the internet and connect a Roku or FireTV. I only connect the TV to update the firmware.

And I have ALL internet connected devices behind a good router with open source firmware that is updated with every major release at the very least.
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