Your smart TV is spying on you. Here are step-by-step instructions to stop it

Olde Hornet

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Or, in some cases, companies like Amazon (with its Fire TV branded sets from Toshiba and Insignia) and TCL, with its branded Roku sets, look to throw those same personalized, targeted ads at you that you get when visiting Facebook and Google.

It doesn't have to be this way. You have the controls to opt out. Within just a few clicks, you can stop the manufacturers from snooping on you in the living room.

Go to Settings and Preferences, where you have several categories to uncheck. Select "Privacy Settings," and make sure "Device Usage Data," "Collect App and Over-the-Air data" and "Interest-based ads" are turned off. (And be sure to go back and check your settings often. We own one of these sets and had "interest-based ads" turned off. When we checked Wednesday, it had somehow clicked back to "on.")