Securing Your Webcam

Do you ever wonder how the interweb knows all that it knows about you? Does it leave you with that uneasy feeling? Facebook ads pop up with items you have searched on Google. Amazon ads pop up on Google of things you were just thinking about wanting. Weird, right? Unbeknownst to you, the device you are reading this on may be infected with spyware that could be allowing others to peek into your world right now. Pretty unsettling. Here are a few tips on how to secure your webcam in about minute. I hope you enjoy Cathy’s Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy

You have heard stories of hackers cunningly tricking users into clicking on their bait and sneaking their webcam spyware onto your device. Laptops typically have an illuminated light that glows while the webcam is in use. Guess what, hackers have found ways around that too.

So Simple

Totally covering the camera itself is the easiest way to ensure 100% privacy. There are small slides that are easy to place over the camera, such as MySpyBlocker and Silent Pocket Privacy. These are both removable options that are quite simple to use. Most people chose to be crafty and use household items. Electrical tape works great. The only downfall it that sticky residue may be left behind once removed. Others stick with the electrical tape but allow it hang over the camera and weighted down by a coin. If there is a situation where the camera is needed then the coin can simply be flipped over to the back. One good habit to develop is closing the laptop when not in use. That will also prevent hackers from creeping on your environment.

Anti-Spyware

Most virus protection does not include spyware protection which means you are vulnerable t0 harmful spyware and malware. A second opinion malware scanner is highly recommended in addition to primary malware protection. Malwarebytes and Hitman Pro are good examples and second line of defense against spyware.

Unknown Email Attachments

Beware of dreaded email attachments. If you receive an email from an unknown sender with an attachment, DO NOT OPEN IT! Antivirus sometimes stop those threats, but it’s better to use common sense: do not open attachments (or click on links) from people you do not know or that you were not expecting. And if you really want to open the attachment, use precautions, like opening the attachment within Chrome (without downloading the files). An even safer option is to save the file to Google Drive and then open it within Drive. Let Google and not your computer open the file.

Short Link Scams

Social media can spread spyware just as fast as you can click the hottest new cat video. Malware developers are known to use link shortening services such as tiny URL and Bitly to disguise the true destination site which is typically a malware distribution site. If a link sounds a little too good to be true or an unwarranted attachment shows up in your inbox, err on the side of caution and avoid it. The last thing you, your family, or your co-workers need is to be is to be spied on through your device. Try one or all of these to keep others from peering into your life.

I hope you enjoyed Cathy’s Tuesday Tip this week. To view more of Cathy’s Tuesday Tips, visit our blog.


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