JULY 12, 2013
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In This Issue

Security Spotlight
Popularity at a Price

Security for Home Users
Smart TV: Ready for Primetime?

Security for Business
Safeguarding Company Data Stored in the Cloud



Security for Home Users

Smart TV: Ready for Primetime?

Because smart TVs are Internet capable, they pose the same risks PCs and mobile devices do.”



Smart TVs are often touted as the “next big thing” for home gadgets. In fact, by 2016, 85% of flat panel TVs are expected to be smart TVs. Welcoming smart TVs into your home means you shouldn’t just familiarize yourself with the systems, you should also secure them.

The Internet Is Still the Internet

Because smart TVs are Internet capable, they pose the same risks PCs and mobile devices do. Accessing your online accounts via a smart TV can lead you to malicious sites. Cybercriminals can also use your smart TV to monitor your activities.

Physical smart TV limitations can also put you at risk. Some TVs don’t come with physical keyboards. This could tempt you to opt for shorter, easy-to-guess passwords when logging in to your accounts via a smart TV. Even worse, you could end up reusing the same password for all of your accounts—a habit of 55% of adults in the U.K.

Protection for Your Television

Smart TVs may be new but tried-and-tested safety habits can still do you a lot of good. You can protect multiple accounts with strong passphrases, one for each account. Access only secure networks. A secure network, fortified with strong login credentials, can help keep risks at bay. Using parental controls and filtering software can also prevent your children from viewing inappropriate content.

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