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Avast Uncovers Vizio Smart TV Security Flaw, Vizio Takes Quick Action

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It's awful that this TV exposes LAN security to threats but it is deplorable that it phones home in such a way, to begin with. Just because a TV can track and report viewing habits does not mean that it should. In fact, if the tracking is not required to support its advertised functions, then it should absolutely be illegal.
 

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Avast is doing what a lot of other private security companies and even some hobbyists are and have been doing for a long time; packet analysis of net connected devices from computers with a fresh OS install to a simple media player. Remember the phoning home of Windows XP? Didn't last long before that was patched. Knowing there's always someone watching companies, hoping for a chance to bust a large corporation on a flagrant privacy violation... it's comforting. Stories like this give me warm fuzzy feels.
 
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