Is your TV or printer spying on you?

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Following a massive WikiLeaks data dump of alleged documents, showing the feds are able to hack into smart gadgets, one local expert said it’s a real safety concern and many consumers aren’t taking enough precautions.

Virginia Tech Information Technology Security Officer Randy Marchany told WFXR News that a scammer looking for a money or a bitter ex looking for dirt is much more likely to try and hack into electronics in your home.

“I don’t think it’s so much the government spying on me as it is common criminals or someone trying to scam you,” said Marchany. “Who thinks of talking to your TV, who thinks of your TV looking at you?”

Marchany said the biggest issue is using a weak or default password, and connecting to an unsecured network.

Concerns about Smart TVs and vehicles being hacked into are making headlines, but Marchany said simple technology in many homes like wireless printers could be the most vulnerable.

“I’m printing my tax returns, it’s tax season. What type of information are you printing,” asked Marchany. “It’s convenience versus security. It takes a lot of effort to disable that stuff… we’ll leave it on. I can’t think of a reason why you’d want to have it on.”

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