The common Smart TV operates under the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, a rapidly and conspicuous technological advancement in the contemporary world. Although Smart TV’s have become pervasive, this success does not go unnoticed in regard to the attacks and threats on this ecosystem. IoT continues to be intertwined into humanity’s life and even a defining aspect of the future society. Recent research carried out by an Appliance Insurance Company Prominence Support showed that less than 11.2% of all Smart TV owners in the UK have any anti-virus on their smart TV despite major TV manufacturers like Samsung recommending its TV owners to regularly run anti-Virus. But again, cyber-attacks are not a new phenomenon with internet-enabled devices. Therefore, to secure our Smart TV’s everyone has to step up and consider cyber-defense and protection for these gadgets seriously. In this case, there is a real need for securing Smart TVs and any electronics or gadgets that have been connected to the Internet interface.
Security issues with smart devices span around unauthorized access internally and externally. Hence, any security measure should be directed to protecting the hardware resources, data, and information, both in transit and storage. Data confidentiality is a major issue with Smart TVs. Hence, the security mechanism for avoiding such threats would involve focusing on access control and mechanism of authorization as well as authentication and identity management mechanisms. Privacy with IoT is a serious case because the IoT environment is ubiquitous. This is because there are many entities connected; the data is transferred and communicated. Hence, the user’s privacy becomes susceptible and vulnerable to attack. The risks with IoT also emerge because of trust issues. The trust comes about because of the engagement between entities as well as the trust from the user’s perception. Trust of IoT, therefore, should involve an individual assessing a Smart TV based on its hardware, processors, sensors, memory, software resources, operating system, power source and applications, and drivers.
An emerging cyber-security issue with Smart TV, as raised by the FBI, is that hackers could use them as a conduit for cyber-security and gain virtual access into their homes. Another issue of concern for smart TV’s that require security measures is that app developers and TV manufacturers may be listening to watching users. Hence, the TV can easily become a platform for hackers to access your home. This can lead to the most annoying suspicious activities like cyber-stalking the homeowners, or even changing the programs to show violent and explicit content to children.