All Samsung TVs now have a remote lock in case of theft
Samsung has officially announced the start of using the function for remotely disabling TVs of its production. Only stolen devices will be blocked, in order to deprive thieves and those who buy stolen goods of the meaning of doing this. A large, beautiful, modern technological toy will turn into a useless “brick”on the command from the support center.
Technically, the default emergency switch is already available in all products of the Samsung TV series. It completely disables all the functions of the TV on a remote command. This happens during the first connection of the device to the Internet – the system automatically compares its serial number with the database of stolen gadgets and gives the necessary command.
The difficulties lie in the practical application of the lock, which is why Samsung was in no hurry to launch it. The changes occurred last month, when a large number of household appliances were stolen from local stores during riots in South Africa. The Cato Ridge company provided the serial numbers of devices that were directly received from Samsung, but did not have time to arrive in stores, they were stolen directly from the distribution center. There was no doubt, and Samsung gave the command to block it.
It is not yet clear how this function will be used in the future. For example, if a customer has a receipt from the store and a serial number, will he be able to contact the support service with a request to block the TV that was stolen from him? Or will it be available only for Samsung contractors? Will the devices be blocked at the request of the police? And isn’t there a risk that hackers will be able to hack the system and start turning off the TVs at their discretion?