Public Service Announcement About Your Webcam

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Why Webcam Security Matters

By Click&Clean – Updated Friday, May 8, 2020. Nowadays, webcams are standard equipment on most devices, including desktop and laptop PCs, tablets, and smartphones. A webcam allows you to send a picture in real time from one device to another through an Internet connection.

However, this does not mean that we know what we are doing with them, and many people simply forget that they are vulnerable to being hacked. Recent Wizcase research showed that more than 15,000 private webcams are accessible to the general public.

Webcam hacking attacks are one of the most popular activities of malicious users and have been actively exploited by them for many years; for example, to obtain visual information about the details of your home.

In most cases, webcams have indicator lights that show when the webcam is in use. However, hackers and cybercriminals create malware that can turn off the activity indicator. If your webcam has been hacked, then even though the notification light is off, the webcam can capture video, and someone can spy on you.

Security Tips to Protect Yourself Against Webcam Hackers

1. Cover Up Your Webcam

The simplest solutions are the most effective. To be absolutely sure that no one is spying on you through your webcam and your webcam is protected from potential attacks, use some electrical tape or a webcam cover to physically cover up your webcam.

2. Unplug or Disable Your Webcam

The next best step to protect your webcam is to unplug or disable it. If you are using an external webcam connected via USB, just unplug it when not in use. If your laptop or desktop has a built-in webcam, disable it completely via Device Manager.

3. Scan Your Device for Webcam-Focused Malware

It is crucial to regularly run anti-malware scans to protect your webcam. But traditional antivirus software may not catch webcam-focused malware or spyware. Therefore, you should consider downloading a second opinion anti-malware scanner, such as Malwarebytes.

4. Don’t Open Email Attachments From Unknown Sources or Click on Suspicious Links

Often, scammers use phishing emails to trick users into opening harmful links or downloading malicious files from email attachments. If you receive an email from someone you don’t know, don’t open it, and don’t click on attachments or any suspicious links.

In addition, many webcam hackers use shortened links on social media sites that will redirect you to a malicious website or automatically start downloading malware. Therefore, never open any unknown files, shortened URLs, or any links, unless you’re sure that it’s from someone you trust and know.

5. Keep Your Webcam Software Up-to-Date

To prevent your laptop or desktop computer from catching malware, it’s important to keep your operating system, web browser, and any other type of software up-to-date. If you use outdated vulnerable firmware, this could compromise your privacy, and cybercriminals can easily exploit these vulnerabilities and flaws.

4 thoughts on “Public Service Announcement About Your Webcam

  1. However, I cannot be sure. If there are some cameras one can buy from Dark Net, and use those to spy people. I think Facebook is one place they are using those. 🤨 Mr. Zuckenberg is a very clever person, and he is doing everything to spy (stalk) FB -users. That’s why I left there. Even Messenger is not wise to share none info of bank -account -numbers, or personal things. They are reading all the messages. They have admitted it. 😤 And people, who have been working on Facebook. (And have left from there).

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    1. They do not have to buy a webcam to spy on anyone. They use the camera that is built into the person’s laptop, computer and webcam, the computer monitor’s, tablet, or cell phone owned by the person they are spying on. I personally keep a piece of paper taped over all built in camera lens on all electronic devices except my cell phone. It is easy to remove when I am doing a Skype or other form of video call and when I am though with the call I put the taped piece of paper back. If the Dark Net is involved at all anaelleamaya I would think the people on there are hacking into different people’s webcams for illegal reasons. For instance it would be an easy way to find out if someone’s not home to be able to rob their home or watch different ages males, females, LGBTO in the shower or other bathroom things. I refuse to use a computer or tablet for banking and paying Bill’s. I won’t even send a password needed for something online through any type of messenger, email, or text. I’ve been hacked once and getting control back of my computer after 3 months still seemed impossible so I threw that one away and got a different one. All my accounts I use online now have a 2 step verification so if another person is trying to get in somewhere I know immediately because of a code that comes up on my personal cell phone. This is another way to protect yourself and personal information on the internet. Even with all the precautions if someone wants to find the information to steal your identity they will find a way to do it. Everyone just needs to take the safety precautions they think they should use.

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  2. Thank you for the advice, but I do not have a camera on my computer. And laptop I have covered it straight I bought it (used one) 👍 I am still sick 😞, but it is not Covirus. No fever. I feel just like swallowing is very difficult, but I got some medicine for it now. Blessings! 🌺 🌺 🌺

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