Skip to main content

Samsung tells users to check their smart TV security

(Image credit: Image Credit: JMiks / Shutterstock)

Samsung wants you to check your smart TV for viruses following a major security scare. 

The company posted, then quickly removed, a how-to video on its USA Support Twitter account, which shows how users can scan their TV for viruses.

Samsung believes users should be doing this “every few weeks” to stay safe from various viruses and other malicious software.

The video was quickly removed, probably because of the negative feedback the company got, following its release.

Ken Munro from Pen Test Partners said the advice was a pointless waste of time, because of the tiny number of viruses actually targeting TV sets.

"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."

The BBC (opens in new tab) didn’t look kindly at the post, as well, saying users need to press “more than a dozen of remote control buttons” to access the sub-menu needed to active the check.

"Trying to place the burden on users like this won't work," said Scott Helme, of Security Headers. "At the very least, Samsung should provide an on-screen prompt if this were really necessary."

Samsung said no specific event prompted it to post such a video, but instead – did it to educate its users. Prior to its removal, the video had been viewed more than 200,000, the BBC claims.

Image Credit: JMiks / Shutterstock

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.