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Simple webcam security tips to deter hackers

Do you know hackers can access your webcam? The mere thought of it is very scary.

How can this happen? It is actually easier than you might think. This is usually done by the use of a Trojan horse malware making you think you’re downloading a legitimate program, or clicking on a harmless link. Once the malware infects your device, it can then install remote desktop software which means hackers could get control of your device, including your webcam.

How do you then protect yourself from this? I’ll be offering some simple tips you could apply to deter hackers from hacking into your webcam.

Check to make sure your software is up to date :

Keeping your software up to date helps patch vulnerabilities in your software that could allow hackers access to your device.

Use a firewall to lock down your network

A firewall is a network security system which provides a wall of defense by monitoring traffic to and from your network. Most computers usually come with a firewall, which would prevent unauthorized access to your computer. But keep  in mind, most firewalls need to be turned on. If you’ve never enabled your firewall, it’s a good idea to do so now.

Secure your Wi-Fi

Hackers may target your wireless router to gain access to your network giving them access to your emails, social media or bank accounts that you’re logged in to, personal schedule, and your webcam.  You can secure your Wi-Fi by :

  • Create a name and password for your router in Security Update Profile, then select a type of encryption. Mind you, Avoid naming your router something that can easily be associated with you, such as your name or address. Also, make ensure you create a complex password such as one using a random string of letters, numerals, and special characters.
  • Choose the most secure and recent form of encryption available. That’s probably Wi-Fi Protected Access 2, also known as WPA2.

Avoid all suspicious links

Suspicious links can lead you to download malicious software giving hackers access to your device. This is one of the most common ways that hackers gain access to your devices. Put up a smart defence while in cyberspace. What’s a smart defense? Only download attachments and click on links in emails from people that you trust. Even then, if something looks suspicious, call or text them to find out if it’s legitimate. You can also search a website link to see how safe it is.

Don’t chat with strangers online

In today’s world of everyone sending/receiving friendship requests from those they don’t know. Please be cyberspace smart and conscious by learning to withhold personal information especially those to could lead to strangers gaining access to financial accounts, lead to identity theft, and enable other types of danger or fraud. Avoid oversharing especially sensitive information that could used to crack your security questions or that you might use in passwords.

Cover or unplug your webcam

If your camera has an indicator light, and it goes on when you didn’t out it on, it’s a likely sign your webcam has been hacked. But keep in mind that hackers can sometimes disable the light. Some people, including the all famous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, opt for at least one low-tech solution: covering the device’s camera with a sticker or tape. Some webcam covers are also available online which are designed such that you attach to your webcam.

Use trusted tech support

This cannot be overlooked, don’t just give your computer to just anybody for tech or remote support. Unethical technicians could install remote-access programs when your computer is in the shop. Giving remote control of your computer could make you vulnerable to having your webcam hijacked. Always password protect your personal data before allowing a technician to access your computer and after their work is completed, it’s also a good idea to change the password to any program or system that the technician had remote access to, for an added layer of security.

Install and run security software on your devices

Security software helps defend against ransomware, viruses, spyware, malware, and other online threats. It can also help protect your network with a smart firewall and helps you manage protection for all your devices.

At one time or the other, everyone had probably had that feeling of being watched – even if it’s just you and your webcam. That’s why it’s smart to know about webcam security by learning how to secure your webcam and help prevent webcam hacking.

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