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Turn on parental controls for Netflix and YouTube

These video streaming services allow for password-protected parent controls to constrain what children can view. When used on YouTube in particular, these protections are useful for protecting your kids from the misinformation campaigns and scams that are prevalent on the site.

Sign into your preferred media apps using your smartphone

If you’re using your smart TV to view media, whether it’s watching videos on YouTube, or listening to music on Spotify, try to make it a point to sign into these apps on your smartphone. They’ll often allow you to register your smart TV by following the link on the screen in your smartphone’s browser. […]

When at a friend’s place, consider casting your media apps

Most smart televisions will allow you to cast media apps, such as Netflix or YouTube, directly from your phone or laptop if connected to the same Wi-Fi signal. This is a safer, and in a lot of cases, more efficient way to view your favorite media without having to compromise your login credentials.

Check for unknown device activity on your Netflix account

Unrecognized devices connected to your subscription services could be an indication of a larger cybersecurity problem. To check recent device activity on your Netflix profile, open your Account page. Under the settings section, click “Recent device streaming activity.” Look for anything that seems out of place.

Use parental controls on services like Netflix and YouTube

Both of these video streaming services allow for password-protected parent controls to limit what children can see. On YouTube in particular, these protections are useful for protecting your kids from the misinformation campaigns and scams that are widespread on the site.