In fact, given the right tools, a hacker could access a webcam when it’s off…and turn it on. What’s more, you wouldn’t know it; webcams don’t always provide any indication that they’re in use, and skilled hackers can disable LED lights.
In other words, if your computer has a webcam, you could be at risk. A film called “Webcam” has been scaring people for good reason lately.
It’s based on actual events and shows the creepy possibilities of webcam hacking. What’s more, it has a terrifying twist at the end, and it’s well worth the watch.
First, unplug it if it’s not in use. That’s not an option for some computer users. Many laptops, for instance, have built-in cameras; you could put a piece of tape over your camera, but that’s not your only recourse. You can also make sure you’ve got a secure password. Most hackers access webcams by inputting default passwords issued by hardware manufacturers. Make sure that your router, WiFi network, and camera software (where applicable) all have secure passwords. Try not to use the same password for every device.
Don’t open strange email attachments or visit sites that you don’t recognize. Scan your computer for malware occasionally (free tools like Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool are great resources).
There have been many more documented case of webcam hacking since then. Remember to stay safe (and share this story to tell other people about the threat).
Webcam [Short Film]
“Webcam” is based on actual events and was shot entirely on a computer’s webcam.
The filmmakers hope that it will make people think more about the technology that
we use every day and the effects it can have on all of us.
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