Samsung beefs up security on their 2018 Smart TVs with Knox

Though appreciated for their performance and design, Samsung Smart TVs don’t have the best reputation when it comes to privacy and security. Instances like CIA developing tools to spy on people using Samsung Smart TVs and the fear-inducing Smart TV privacy policy have made some people apprehensive about Samsung Smart TVs

Knox comes to your Smart TV

Being aware of the problems, Samsung is now trying to beef up the security of its Smart TVs by bringing the Knox technology to its Smart TVs. Samsung Knox is an enterprise mobile security solution available on Samsung smartphones and tablets. Now, Samsung is bringing the same Knox technology to its Smart TVs by optimizing it for the Smart TV environment. Samsung says its new Knox based security solution for Smart TVs can detect and remove malicious apps which can steal sensitive information from other apps.

Samsung is also acquiring certifications from global institutes to prove the security credentials of its Smart TVs. Samsung boasts its Smart TVs are the first in the industry to receive the Common Criteria (CC) certification for three consecutive years. CC is a reputed certification system for computer security used for government evaluations and procurement. Samsung Smart TVs are also certified by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) for its ‘Checkout’ payment service. This should offer increased protection while buying products and services from the TV by encrypting credit card information.

In addition to these in-house security solutions, Samsung has also worked with McAfee to develop McAfee Security for TV, a security application designed specifically for TVs. It has been shipping on all Samsung Smart TVs since April 2017

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