Yes, webcams can spy on you.
Someone could be watching you through your webcam, without you even realizing it. Unsecured cameras on your computer could provide a malicious hacker with a direct window into your life. Once they have watched you long enough, they will try their luck by blackmailing you with something they’ve seen.
It happened to a Toronto woman in 2015, where according to police, a hacker sent the woman intimate photos of herself and her boyfriend while they were watching Netflix on her laptop. The photos were taken via her laptop’s webcam. The hacker then sent the photos to the woman through Facebook.
How can you tell if your camera has been compromised?
The biggest indicator that a webcam is being used without your consent is the little LED light next to the camera lens is on when you’re not using it. However, a hacker can easily disable the signal to prevent the light from coming on.
What can you do to protect yourself?
The first thing you should do is unplug your webcam or put something over your camera, like a piece of tape. This will stop the perpetrators from being able to spy on you.
You should then uninstall your webcam drivers and run a complete scan of all your drivers using reputable anti-virus and anti-malware software.
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