Webcam Hackers Could be Spying on You
Covers protect your privacy from webcam hackers.
It sounds like something out of a Hollywood thriller – an innocent web browser attracts the attention of a malicious hacker who uses a computer webcam to spy into the victim’s life. Unfortunately, it’s not make-believe, it’s all too real.
In 2015, a British hacker was arrested and charged with hijacking webcams to secretly spy on people. Unbeknownst to you, a criminal can watch you and your family anytime your computer is on, without you even being aware of it.
How does it happen?
Unlike what movies may have you believe, most hacking isn’t done by someone furiously typing on a keyboard, probing firewalls and overcoming defenses. Instead, many times people unknowingly invite hackers in by clicking on seemingly innocuous banners, links or even e-cards. In reality, however, they’ve downloaded a Trojan horse, which in turns gives the hacker access to everything on the computer – including the webcam.
And then your privacy is at risk. In your most private moments, hackers can monitor your home. Or discover when you’re out and target you for a robbery.
How can you tell if you’ve already been hacked?
Remote hackers use your webcam in much the same way you would if you were operating manually. It’s difficult to tell if you’re already infected though. One telltale sign is if the LED light on the camera blinks randomly. Should you notice this, restart your computer and watch to see if the pattern repeats. If it’s still flashing, open your task manager, click “processes” and look for “winlogon.exe.”
If you have more than one copy of that program, disconnect your computer from the internet and run a full anti-virus scan immediately – you could be infected. There are several other reasons why your LED could be blinking, but it’s far better to be safe than sorry.
What can you do to stop webcam hackers?
There is one surefire, foolproof way to protect your privacy from the prying eyes of webcam hackers – the cam cover. An ingenious low-tech solution to a serious problem, it means if a hacker hijacks your webcam, they won’t be able to see anything.
Mark Zuckerberg uses this method to protect his privacy. And he undoubtedly has far better web security than the average person. And if it’s good enough for him, it should be good enough for you.
Don’t put yourself at risk. Branded webcam covers are a great way to show your commitment to security and privacy, and help protect people from malicious hackers. Give them away at your next tradeshow, and people will flock to your booth – because this is a serious issue that simply can’t be ignored.