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Talking of worms and viruses...

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Old May 16th 17, 06:18 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Ian Field
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Default Talking of worms and viruses...

"Richard Tobin" wrote in message
In article ,
Chris Hogg wrote:

Can these smart sticks that plug into the back of your TV, such as
Amazon Firestick, Roku and Chromecast, get infected by a virus or
whatever, and if so, how can they be protected, or if you do get
infected, how can they be cleaned out?

I've only looked at the Chromecast. It reportedly runs a cut down
version of Android. In principle it could be infected, but it's much
less likely than with a mobile phone or tablet, because as a user you
can't install software on it.

Just read in a regular column in Everyday practical Electronics;

There has been at least one reported case of ransomware on a smart TV/TV
stick - it locks the screen until you cough up.

The author predicts that children will be particularly targeted on Christmas


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