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Old 07-11-2018, 04:42 AM   #1
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Worried about facebook tracking ?. What about your TV ?.


Read this.
 
Old 07-11-2018, 05:20 AM   #2
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And that's not the only one
 
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it's hardly a new thing, no?
and always comes down to the same thing: in all online services, convenience is always a trade-off with security.
i just wonder why people need these "smart" TVs at all, when any computer connected to a large/TV screen offers the same entertainment.

and in the case of op, it's actually opt-in which isn't quite so bad.
 
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Old 07-11-2018, 12:07 PM   #5
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I recently bought a television, thanks to a lightning strike.

The words that sealed the deal were "This television has no smart TV features."
 
Old 07-11-2018, 12:15 PM   #6
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i just wonder why people need these "smart" TVs at all, when any computer connected to a large/TV screen offers the same entertainment.
That's what we decided to do years ago. With a tv card/usb device in the pc one can record any tv show and save it. Bluray, DVD, files in a folder, read from usb device, over the air tv, netflix, hulu, youtube, all of it right there. You don't have to worry about something changing, just update/upgrade your pc to the new thing. Plus most of it can be dumped to file, reencoded, saved for later, transferred to another device, saved to optical disk etc. And if a part goes bad simply replace it.

What happens to these smart tv's that have netflix, hulu etc. in their software, and youtube, netflix etc. changes something? Are the tv's able to get a software update from somewhere or are you just out of luck? Haven't I seen that happen where something changes and those tv's now are not functional for that feature, and one has to buy a new one?
 
Old 07-11-2018, 06:47 PM   #7
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I recently bought a television, thanks to a lightning strike.

The words that sealed the deal were "This television has no smart TV features."
We're going to need a new one soon - which one did you get?

All the stores near us only have "smart" TVs.
 
Old 07-11-2018, 08:51 PM   #8
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Frank, share the details...I'm still fortunate enough to have a non-smart TV, but considering its about 10-15 years old I am not sure when I will need to replace it.
 
Old 07-11-2018, 09:44 PM   #9
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What's it matter ?. You own the router/firewall.
Mine is "less-dumb" rather than "smart" - has selections for Netflix, local FTA on-demand, ...; none of which I need.
I don't allow it to get an IP address. Problem solved.
 
Old 07-11-2018, 09:57 PM   #10
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It was a small Element TV for the bedroom. I grabbed it off the Target website.
https://www.elementelectronics.com/s...720p-elefw195/

I've had an Element before and it served me well.

The lightning strike also took out a KVM switch, my old Lenovo Graphics tablet which had run like a top for eight years (but not the Zareason on the other side of the KVM switch!), and my printer. I got a new HP printer and a ThinkPenguin E-Box with an Acer monitor to replace the Lenovo. The new KVM switch from Dalco should arrive any day now. It also destroyed some of my neighbor's stuff (we are in a five-unit condo building).

By the way, I had an oddball tech support issue setting up the ThinkPenguin and I have nothing but praise for their email tech support. Not only were they prompt and technically competent, they came across like real live human beings.

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Old 07-11-2018, 10:30 PM   #11
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What's it matter ?. You own the router/firewall...
There are so many unsecured networks in my neighbourhood that I couldn't trust it* to not latch onto one of those.

*As in not trust the TV to really disable wifi even if it says it has (no, I'm not wearing my foil helmet today ).
 
Old 07-11-2018, 10:35 PM   #12
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Fair enough - one advantage of living out in the donga I suppose ...
 
Old 07-11-2018, 10:38 PM   #13
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There are so many unsecured networks in my neighbourhood that I couldn't trust it* to not latch onto one of those.
Interesting. There are no unsecured wireless networks within reach of my wireless devices. And, take it from me, I'm the only geek within reach of a wireless signal.

Of course, I can't speak to the strength of their wireless passwords; I haven't tried to crack any of them.

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