I’ve Been Watching You
For several years now I have been speaking to the issue that computer-based webcams can be covertly hacked remotely, and anything captured by the camera can be recorded and used for a crime-like extortion or identity theft. I have had parents, students, teachers, law enforcement, and even some online safety experts say, “This can’t be done.” Really?? Here’s a great video news link that supports my point:
How to protect yourself:
1) Ensure that you close your laptop when not in use, or place a piece of tape across the lens.
2) If you have an external camera, turn it towards a blank wall when not in use or cover it with a piece of tape when not in use.
3) Ensure that you don’t click on links, emails, or messages from people that you do not recognize, as often, they may contain a Remote Access Trojan, or RAT, that can be covertly downloaded to your computer’s operating system. This will allow external access to your webcam.
4) Ensure that your malware protection and security settings are up to date.
Make sure you follow these steps to ensure that there isn’t anyone secretly monitoring you and your loved ones.
Digital Food For Thought