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On the Agora I tested, backlight bleed was minimal and straight out of the box the TV's picture settings were a close approximation of the best possible setup for watching movies and regular TV.

A few tweaks to lower overall brightness, raise contrast slightly and lower sharpness were all that was needed to get Kogan's top TV to produce a surprisingly good picture. This is an artist's impression of the Android interface; straight out of the box, the Kogan TV includes widgets for YouTube and Facebook and a few other fripperies you'll want to remove. When you're displaying 4K content on it, the Kogan Agora TV actually displays plenty of detail — that's something that's possible irrespective of any deficiencies in any TV's contrast or backlighting or colour accuracy.

If you want to use the Agora as a giant PC monitor, and play games like Titanfall at Ultra HD resolutions, it actually works perfectly well. Similarly, upscaling p content to the screen's native resolution doesn't do too bad a job; there's a small amount of pixel interpolation visible especially on long diagonal edges and in high contrast areas of the display, but for the most part displaying p Blu-ray and downloaded video produces good results.

Running on Android 4. Similarly, you can run the usual suite of Google apps like Maps and Drive and Hangouts, although the remote control doesn't make for particularly easy typing. When the Kogan Agora TV's high native resolution starts to become a problem is when you display lower resolution video, like YouTube and other streaming Web video services, on the Agora's Smart TV interface.

There's a lot of interpolation and visible macroblocking when you're watching video on the Agora's built-in YouTube app, for example, and the TV's internal image processing tends towards excessively sharp and crisp rather than smooth — this is great when you're working with high-res video but not so good for streaming.

The included active 3D glasses are cheap — a single pair is bundled — and they do a decent job — but even with a native 3D Blu-ray the stereoscopic effect isn't as pronounced as I've seen on other more expensive TVs and even similarly priced LEDs and plasmas from brands like Panasonic and Sony.

If you're looking for great 3D Ultra HD, you'll need to spend a lot more before you'll be happy. Everything about the Agora TV straight out of the box has to be necessarily mediated through the fact that the Android on-screen interface, when you're using the standard remote, is not excellent.

You really need a keyboard and wireless mouse, or at least the Kogan wireless trackpad accessory, to navigate the interface to its fullest. Even then, Android is designed primarily for touchscreen control, and it's a little clunky to use.

After being set up initially — adding a Wi-Fi or wired Internet connection and signing into your Google account on the device — you're able to access the Google Play Store through the Agora, and download most Google and third-party apps.

There are quite a few apps that aren't compatible with the TV for a variety of reasons, including not working in landscape mode, or not being made for touchscreenless control.

With a fair bit of customisation, which any Android geek would enjoy but which similarly might annoy a regular buyer, you can get the Agora 4K TV into a state where it works nearly as well as an Android phone. If you have a pressing need to run an Android app on your TV, and you're happy to use an external keyboard and mouse, the Agora TV's Google-derived interface works pretty well once it's set up and adjusted. Straight out of the box, it needs a fair bit of work.

And even if you're using it as a simple high-res inch monitor, or bypassing the Smart interface entirely, it does a surprisingly good job. The Android Smart-ness of the Agora isn't a big selling point, but apart of that it's a decent choice for a cheap 4K TV. Jun 17, , If nothing changes, I will publish all details on March 20th, along with the firmware that disables the backdoor.

Hikvision strongly recommends that our dealer base review the security levels of equipment installed prior to June to ensure the use of complex passwords and upgraded firmware to best protect their customers. Rather, security is clearly an afterthought that is bolted on afterwards with these devices, which is why nobody should trust them.

The truth is that the software that runs on a whole mess of these security cameras and DVRs is very poorly written, and probably full of more security holes just like the flaw Dahua users are dealing with right now. To hope or wish otherwise given what we know about the history of these cheap electronic devices seems sheer folly.

In December, KrebsOnSecurity warned that many Sony security cameras contained a backdoor that can only be erased by updating the firmware on the devices. For one thing, a great many security cameras and other IoT devices will punch a hole in your firewall straight away without your permission, using a technology called Universal Plug-and-Play UPnP.

In other cases, IoT products are incorporating peer-to-peer P2P technology that cannot be turned off and exposes users to even greater threats. In that same December story referenced above, I cited research from security firm Cybereason , which found at least two previously unknown security flaws in dozens of IP camera families that are white-labeled under a number of different brands and some without brands at all.

Avoid the P2P models like the plague. If you have security cameras or DVR devices that are connected to the Internet, make sure they are up to date with the latest firmware.

Beyond that, consider completely blocking external network access to the devices and enabling a VPN if you truly need remote access to them. This entry was posted on Friday, March 10th, at 3: You can follow any comments to this entry through the RSS 2.

Both comments and pings are currently closed. How does a home user especially non-technical ones see if devices on their home network are vulnerable? Shields up is good. But even if a non-technical person used it and even managed to somehow see a problem, how would they even be capable of dealing with it as a non-technical person short of taking the equipment to a third party?

Caveat e emptor or whatever it is. I agree, ShieldsUp is great for finding open ports. Just keep in mind that thanks to UPNP, ports can be reopened at any time by any device.

It is best to disable UPNP on the router. I have chosen though to follow his advice of avoiding the P2P model. I also shun current generation of IoT devices because of the effort required to use them safely and without contributing to the mess of rampant IoT botnets.

To me the IoT cost is not worth the benefit. Not only China can spy, but anyone that knows how to exploit it. The reason those vulns exist is exactly a consequence of the low price target. All routers these days have way too many features opening itself to further vulnerabilities. I think devices like RATtrap are a good idea. Act as a screening router with no attack surface. Well, it looks like 17 years of telling customers to not allow their security DVRs to connect to the Internet except via VPN is paying off.

The only surprise in this story is that anyone is surprised. Seems Mr Krebs, without saying it, is saying the national vulnerability databases are a farce in tracking IoT vuls by vendors. There are many known limitations of CVE, and many other vulnerability data bases.

Watch this video from Jericho to understand some, and you will cange your view of CVE coverage: This stuff is not safe to use. Using it will compromise your data and your security. The companies that create it are not interested in your security.

There are no updates or patches that will make these things safe. Have you had a chance to look into the Raspberry Pi-based alternatives to these insecure-by-design IoT gadgets? I was impressed to see that Hikvision firmware enforced changing the default password, and even enforced some password security. They included an additional note with the documentation to make you aware of this. I use the Keep this in mind if your network experiences any problems associated with overlapping IP address spaces.

Sounds more like an adolescent tantrum. I think Karas took a more responsible approach. How much are Bluetooth devices affected by this? Yeah, and when you put the Chinese patch on your Chinese spy-cam it just gets a new back door until someone finds how to hack that one.

Virtual LAN all the way. His other positions include pursuing energy independence while opposing climate change regulations such as the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Agreement, modernizing and expediting services for veterans, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, abolishing Common Core education standards, investing in infrastructure, simplifying the tax code while reducing taxes for all economic classes, and imposing tariffs on imports by companies offshoring job.

The fact that many IOT video cameras have flaws security wise does not make me feel any more safe. I will make sure to get my firmware updates done.

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