Although webcam hacking is uncommon, it’s sensible to be proactive.
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Regardless of whether it’s desktop computers, laptops, TVs, or tablets, cases of webcam hacking (also referred to as "camfecting") have consistently been on the rise in recent years (as reported by renowned tech portals such as Tech Crunch and Mashable as well as the daily press).
If you don’t know the sender, the content looks dubious or you don’t recognise the website a link will take you to, don’t click on it. It’s a wrap A webcam’s best asset – ease of access to remote footage – is also what makes it potentially vulnerable security-wise.
It’s not very likely that your web camera will get hacked, but it’s possible – so it makes sense to be cautious.
It doesn’t take much know-how to hack into a webcam.
A remote access Trojan (RAT), which is a computer virus that’s easy to obtain online, is concealed in a file or behind a link (for instance on You Tube or Facebook), in an e-mail, or on any website.
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To create a highly secure password that’s hard to crack, use our password generator. If you’re not using your webcam, then cover the lens with a Post-it note or non-transparent tape. If it’s an external, plug-in webcam, disconnect it when you’ve finished using it. Protect your mobile devices Some webcams connect to your smartphone or tablet via apps, so make sure your mobile devices are password-protected (again, change any default passwords) and install security software. If your mobile devices aren’t protected, you’re giving malware a way in. Talk to your kids about safe webcam use Explain to your children that what they do on a webcam is not really private – that anyone can record and post webcam footage anywhere they please.