Electronics supergiant Samsung Electronics has announced a new security software suite that will protect its upcoming slate of Smart TVs. The highlight is its three-layered security protocol system that Samsung says will bring a much-needed boost to internet enabled devices beyond the Smart TV.
The new 2016 line-up of Tizen-based Smart TVs will be plenty hard to hack and crack, if Samsung is to be believed. The Korean electronics giant has promised increased customer protection “across all areas of the Smart TV ecosystem, including services, software, and hardware security.”
The announcement was made in a press release, where the TV-maker claimed three new layers of protection that will reinforce security in its latest lineup of televisions that is set to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.
The three layers of security are:
- A ‘Secure Zone’, or a virtual barrier that Samsung says will create a secure space in order to protect the core service.
- End-to-end data encryption between the television and IoT service servers.
- The Tizen OS for the smart TV is split into the main and security zones with data allocated for each space separately.
Samsung is placing a lot of stock in Internet of Things (IoT) applications and extensions in a home environment, in 2016. The hardware giant sees its smart televisions as central hubs for a connected home. It makes a logical choice with a screen interface, a large presence and central location in a room or a home, generally speaking.
To this end, the ‘Secure Zone’ is secured by a keypad/number pad entry that is required to authenticate transactions and safeguard customer data including passwords and credit card details.
The encryption system also contains a built-in anti-malware system that will be able to block any unauthorized programs or malware programmed to implement changes.
Additionally, Samsung has also revealed that all SUHD (ultra-HD) televisions will be IoT hub technology enabled in 2016.
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