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    Portland FBI Office Has Important Warning For Smart TV Purchasers

    Many Americans purchased smart TVs on Black Friday and planned to get more on Cyber Monday, but the FBI wants you to know a few things before you drop a couple of thousand dollars on a system that could steal your privacy.

    With the growth of Netflix, Hulu, Disney, and other streaming services, smart TVs are like regular television sets. Still, with an internet connection and with that, many saw the internet-connected televisions as a cord cutterís super dream: no high cable costs and the ability to choose what you want without long term contracts.

    But as we have learned through trial and error, anything connected to the internet has a vulnerability which wonít allow you to be safe. The major problem with internet-connected items is that it opens up smart TVs to security vulnerabilities and hackers. Today, smart TVs come with a camera and a microphone and manufacturers often donít put security as a priority.

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    I'll stick to my mentally challenged regular TV thank you very much
    "You can get a lot further with a kind word and a gun
    Then you can get with just a kind word"

    "Al Capone"

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    Those of you who read Orwell's 1984 know he did not see the coming of the home computer or internet. If alive today I am sure he would be shocked how quickly we give away privacy for convenience.

    What he did predict was a two-way television set that can see into your room and record your conversations. And now we have that reality complete with Muppet commercials about video phoning right in your living room..............

    "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

    - Ronald Reagan

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    Does anyone notice the world is more and more coming to resemble the world in (the book) Nineteen Eighty-Four ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Felix Birdbiter View Post
    I'll stick to my mentally challenged regular TV thank you very much
    Haven't had a television in almost 25 years. Never saw a "reality television" program. Did I miss much?

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