Don’t think Webcam Hacking is real?
Check out the growing number of webcam hacking stories in the news!
Did you know?
Facts about Webcam security risks
- A hacker can turn on your webcam and turn off the webcam indicator light from anywhere in the world as long as your computer is on!
- Once on, they can watch you, record you, and take photos of you without your knowledge, and distribute the recordings/images within minutes via the Web. They can even stream your image live!
- Firewalls and other computer security systems cannot 100% guarantee that you are not being watched right now…
- There are hundreds of websites, how-to-guides, and tutorials teaching hackers how to invade your privacy! (Don't believe us? Google "webcam hacking" and see for yourself… scary isn't it!)
- Starting in 2011, most laptops, tablet computers, and mobile phones manufactured have built-in webcams
Webcam Security 101
Like we've already said, we are not here to scare you into not using your webcams... we think they are awesome! With that said, we do believe that you should fully understand the risks associated with them so you can take simple yet effective measures to protect your privacy. Here is some good information for you to fully understand the risks and how to protect yourself:
How Can Webcams affect your Privacy?
Malicious Invasion of Privacy
- Videos and photos taken without your knowledge and distributed across the web
- Cyber Bullying using videos and photos of your children
- New avenue for stalkers to gain insights into your life
Accidental use of your Webcam
- Accidentally turning on your webcam for friends/family/colleagues and having them see you
- Forgetting to turn off your camera or thinking your camera is off when really it’s not
- If someone from your company/organization hacks a webcam on a device you supplied to an employee, YOU are liable for damages
- Competitors can see your company/organizational secrets
- Corporate spys can gain insight on your operations, processes, equipment, and not-yet-released products
So those are the risks - the good news?! Protecting yourself is easy, often free, and virtually 100% effective!
You have the power to Protect Yourself!
Here are four easy steps you can take to make a difference for you, your loved ones, and your community
1. Cover up the Lens!
The only way to be 100% certain no one is watching is to physically cover your camera lens.
- For a few dollars, you can purchase effective, discreet, removable camera covers like CamPatch which can easily be moved on/off your camera lens and microphone and leave nsticky residue behind!
- Don't have a few dollars tspend? A piece of masking tape or a post-it will work to. They stick out more, and may leave residue on your camera cover but still get the job done!
2. Turn off your device when you're not using it
Many of us leave our computers, laptops and iPads on when not using them. Turning off your device when not in use is not only good for your privacy, but is good for your energy bill too!
3. Have up-to-date firewalls and security programs
Most computers come with security software pre-installed, as well as the computer’s own security system. Be sure to keep these up-to-date and always turned on.
4. Help increase awareness
Talk with your kids, parents, colleagues, bosses, school administrators, church leaders, and organizations about the risks associated with webcams! The more people know what is at risk and how easy and inexpensive it is to prevent, the greater our ability to fight this problem. Here are some ideas:
- Email your friends a link to the CamPatch Academy!
- Add webcam security to the agenda of your next meeting at work, school, church, or any other organization you are a part of!
- Sign up your school/church/organization for the CamPatch Academy Wish List Program