Hot Take LG TV

Cleo

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I renewed the netgear Armor at my mums place and it turns out not to have a high opinion of her new LG smartTV.
55 Vulnerabilities!
 

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upnorth

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The sad truth is that LG ain't alone with vulnerabilities and not everyone of those can or even will be fixed. Many times vendors simply point to EOL ( end of life ) for the specific product and the customer can't do anything. But with TVs and even so called smart TVs there is actually possible workarounds. A mediabox! That is the one that would get hit by any type of attack. It's just that it would take a huge amount of time and energy trying to find the least vulnerable and in general peoples local TVs ain't the majority of online targets. It does happen, even ransomware but with a regular updated and not too old router I personal wouldn't worry much.

Check out the basic security tips ( the short list ) for a router here. That alone is a huge step in the right direction.
 

Cleo

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The sad truth is that LG ain't alone with vulnerabilities and not everyone of those can or even will be fixed. Many times vendors simply point to EOL ( end of life ) for the specific product and the customer can't do anything. But with TVs and even so called smart TVs there is actually possible workarounds. A mediabox! That is the one that would get hit by any type of attack. It's just that it would take a huge amount of time and energy trying to find the least vulnerable and in general peoples local TVs ain't the majority of online targets. It does happen, even ransomware but with a regular updated and not too old router I personal wouldn't worry much.

Check out the basic security tips ( the short list ) for a router here. That alone is a huge step in the right direction.
I was wondering if I should make sure the smart TV is using wifi and not ethernet since they suggest putting it on a guest network by itself.
 

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The device is protected by a router, so it's not as vulnerable as you believe it to be (ie. unprotected network).

Paranoid? Disable networking.

Alternatives: Chromecast, media dongle, or connect to a Media server.
 

blackice

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The device is protected by a router, so it's not as vulnerable as you believe it to be (ie. unprotected network).

Paranoid? Disable networking.

Alternatives: Chromecast, media dongle, or connect to a Media server.
I was going to give this same reply. Best answer.
 

blackice

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The sad truth is that LG ain't alone with vulnerabilities and not everyone of those can or even will be fixed. Many times vendors simply point to EOL ( end of life ) for the specific product and the customer can't do anything. But with TVs and even so called smart TVs there is actually possible workarounds. A mediabox! That is the one that would get hit by any type of attack. It's just that it would take a huge amount of time and energy trying to find the least vulnerable and in general peoples local TVs ain't the majority of online targets. It does happen, even ransomware but with a regular updated and not too old router I personal wouldn't worry much.

Check out the basic security tips ( the short list ) for a router here. That alone is a huge step in the right direction.
We use media sticks for all our TVs. Even though many of them were smart TVs when we got them, they probably barely function now.
 

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