Samsung adds malware scanner to its Smart TVs

Yolanda Curtis
June 18, 2019

Snarky and indignant replies followed, and of course so did the jokes. The tech firm is known for its QLED range of premium TVs and recently introduced some new software-based features as well. But have we really reached a point where we must also scan our TVs?

"Scanning your computer for malware viruses is important to keep it running smoothly", said the tweet.

The company deleted the tweet Monday morning. This also is true for your QLED TV if it's connected to Wi-Fi!

Smart Samsung TVs should be scanned for malware infections every few weeks using the built-in Smart Security solution that is created to inspect the TVs and all connected storage devices for viruses.

We get, the bad guys are relentless when it comes to launching malware attacks. Likewise, the tweet's suggestion of scans every few weeks seems a bit alarming considering that most users probably aren't even aware that the feature exists. Instead, users have to go into the TV's settings to launch the baked-in security software.

While the malware scan is not launched automatically - with lots of customers suggesting that this should have been the right way to do this -Samsung's Smart TVs come with an inbuilt security solution that will attempt to secure their users' data at a platform, application, and hardware stage as explained by the company last month. It starts with the platform stage, with smart TVs being created to encrypt certain data, such as user account and password information.

Recognizing this reality, Samsung USA has shared a comprehensive video on Twitter showcasing how you can use the malware scanner on your Smart TV. And finally there is a hardware stage, with a security solution at the chip architecture level. Smart Security also protects against attacks in the background, Samsung announced in 2016.

If this sounds like a horrifying thought, Samsung would like to remind you that, yes, your TV is just as vulnerable to random popad ads from porn as every other device.

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