They are watching! Shield your cameras now!

Introduction

Just like any other tech devices, webcams are prone to hacking, which can lead to a serious, unprecedented privacy breach. Think of a case where an authorized person accesses and illegally takes control of your webcam, without your knowledge. Such a person will effortlessly spy on you and the people around you. Concerned about your privacy yet? You have every right to be.

Smile, you could be on camera!

Webcam spy software spreads through freeware, spam emails with infected attachments, or links to fake websites. Malicious executable files can be combined with legitimate software to install the malware in the background, without your input or your knowledge. Once the Trojan is on your PC, your cyber-stalker can see what you do online, read messages, capture your screen and keystrokes, and take full control of your computer, including your camera. But the little green light will warn you of any suspicious webcam activity, right? Wrong. Hackers can turn them off, so you may never realize you’re being watched. Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t stop here. YouTube has thousands of videos on how to use these malwares. Schools secretly monitoring students, PC rental places spying on customers, or government agencies following your every move — from your jealous ex to creepy extortionists, anyone can train to become a cyber spy. So with very little effort, cybercriminals can track down and hack into any unsecured camera in your home, to watch you and your family during your most intimate moments.

Steps to prevent spying

  • Cover your webcam, or disable it if you don’t use it - it’s been reported that even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former FBI director James Comey put tape over theirs.
  • Always use an updated Antivirus and make sure your firewall is enabled.
  • Only use your cameras over a secure internet connection.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and software up to date.
  • Use apps such as Protectstar to shield your cameras.
  • Don’t click on suspicious links.
  • Be wary of fake emails that appear to be sent from trusted sources and ask you to download attachments, click on a link, or disclose any personal details.

Conclusion

You are not as safe as you think you are, and investing in a simple camera guard app can go a long way in instilling your privacy. These apps are convenient and the above dangers will be highlighted and notified to you immediately, making you safe from all known cyber-attacks that threaten your safe space.