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ESET launches smart TV security

Vendor moves to protect consumers from rising malware threats

ESET launches smart TV security
Orlik says security threats to connected smart home devices are increasing.

Cyber security vendor ESET, has launched Smart TV Security, an advanced technology protection solution against targeted malware attacks on connected TVs and other devices with the Android TV operational system.

The company said the move to launch a dedicated security solution for smart TVs comes as microphones, cameras and USB ports on these gadgets are increasingly becoming prime targets for malware attacks.

"Given the risks to security and privacy, consumers need to think about protecting smart home devices in the same way they would protect their laptops, tablets or mobile handsets. They cannot treat smart TVS them like an ordinary TV, kettle, or watch," said Branislav Orlik, mobile security product manager at ESET.

ESET said smart TVs with Android TV OS will also undoubtedly contribute to the spread of Android ransomware, which has already been persistently targeting Android devices for a number of years.

ESET's Smart TV security is available to download via Google Play, and can only be downloaded from a user's TV device. Once installed, users will be protected by ESET across their entire Android ecosystem - both smartphone and TV.

"Users need to feel safe in the knowledge that they can watch their favorite shows and browse the internet on their smartphones without fear of being watched or having their personal data compromised," explained Orlik. "ESET is the top rated provider of security solutions for Android OS devices, so we are the smart choice for consumers to ensure all the devices in their homes, and the data they collect, are kept secure."

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