Next big security risk for home users: Internet connected TV

Every device between the TV cable and your laptop is hackable

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Do you know why every survey about digital security shows most people don't follow even the simple recommendations of security specialists and that even those who do accept every warning of an alarming new threat?

Because security geeks are bummers, that's why.

Microsoft security guru/consultant Roger Grimes – the source of the unusually objective (for a Microsoftie) evaluation of Apple security I cited earlier this week – has issued a critical warning yesterday:

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If you have your TV hooked up to the Internet, someday soon someone will hack it.

IT market researchers NPD In-Stat estimate 100 million houses in North America and Europe will own Internet-connected TVs by 2016.

Costs are dropping and demand is growing for embedded Wi-Fi chipsets, making it cheaper to add communication capability to both computers and appliances, another NPD study showed.The level of digital intelligence inside homes will grow fast enough that 75 percent of electric meters will be smart by 2016, according to a third.

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