Samsung tweet urges users to scan their TVs for viruses

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If you have a Samsung smart TV, chances are you already scan it for viruses regularly. You don't? Well, Samsung thinks you should.

The South Korean TV manufacturer's support account sent out a tweet urging users to scan their TVs for malware regularly… and then hastily deleted it.

Luckily for us, the tweet remains thanks to Internet Archive's Wayback Machine:

Image credit: Samsung

Is there a threat to my Samsung TV?

In a statement given to the BBC, Samsung said that the tweet had simply been "posted for customers' education", rather than being posted in response to a potential threat to its TVs.

In a separate statement, the TV manufacturer also said that: "Samsung takes security very seriously and our products and services are designed with security in mind."

"Yesterday we shared information about one of the preventative security features on our Smart TVs, in order to show consumers proactive steps they can take on their device.

"We understand that this may have caused some confusion and we want to clarify that this was simply a way to inform and educate consumers about one of the features included in our products."

Why the company deleted the tweet so quickly remains a mystery; perhaps Samsung felt that highlighting the potential for its televisions to be infected by malware might not be a great marketing strategy.

We've reached out to Samsung for comment, and are yet to hear back.

Via The Register

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