Laptop with Webcam

The Webcam – Who’s Watching You?

Emily SchackComputer Forensics


Laptop with Webcam — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Predators could be spying on you through your computer’s webcam. Criminals are now able to hack in and watch your every move – without you ever knowing it. Scary, right?

We’re all guilty of it: we use our computer, get distracted with something, and just walk away. We forget the computer is still on – and this is the key action criminals are counting on. Now they can access your webcam remotely, watching your most intimate moments from the kitchen to the privacy of your own bedroom. The worst part is, you may never even know.

Not only must we remain aware of our surroundings in public or walking through parking lots and decks, now we must stay vigilant in the privacy of our own home. Though there is little we as the public can do to fight crime against hacking, we are not completely helpless to this threat. The basics solutions are all ones we’ve heard before. Have good anti-virus software on your computer. Do not click any links in your email – especially the ones from “Facebook”. Because Facebook has so many users worldwide, it’s the perfect cover to trick people into thinking the link is legitimate.

The best advice is to learn more about webcam hacking to better understand the risks. Luckily, just like many other appliances and technology, there is a light or another indication that the device is on or in use. Watch your webcam light to know if it has been activated. When it is not in use, cover the lens. This physically stops hackers from watching and recording your activities.

Plan. Protect. Prosper.

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