With people using more and more devices with built-in webcams, hackers have taken the liberty to infiltrate our networks and take control of our webcams.
With that being said, the chances that you’re being watched right now are very slim, but there is a chance.
There are a few different ways webcam hacking can occur, but usually are all connected to spam mail or an attack on your general network.
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself, which we will go over in a bit. And there are a few things you need to know.
In general, there are two main ways webcam hacking can occur, and we’re going to talk about how to prevent and protect yourself.
Let’s have a look at what you need to know!
What You Need To Know
When we talk about “webcam hacking”, there are ultimately two different ways your webcam can get hacked.
Most webcam hackers use malware or certain remote administration tools to get access to users’ computers, which ultimately then leads to hacking their webcams.
Remote administration tools are installed on a computer like a virus, usually after a user clicks on and opens a certain file which contains a virus.
These files are mostly shared on peer-to-peer file-sharing downloads such as BitTorrent, The Pirate Bay, Napster, etc.
Hackers can use those tools to launch a user’s webcam and than take control of that webcam.
Once an infected file has been installed, a hacker can usually access private information, data on that computer and send commands to that computer.
Another popular way malware is used to hack certain webcams is by hackers sending phishing emails.
Example of a phishing email:
Hackers can create a landing page that looks exactly like Facebook, but has a different URL.
That landing page is sent to you via your email and looks just like a regular email from Facebook.
Hackers hope, that you end up clicking on “just a regular Facebook link” and login via the link provided in that email.
Since the page attached is a fake Facebook page designed and developed by the hacker, when you try to login as a regular user, the moment your email and password are entered, that information gets immediately sent to the hacker, which allows them access to your Facebook account.
The only thing you will notice, is you entering your Facebook login data over and over again, without succeeding at logging in.
How To Protect Yourself?
There are a few simple and basic things you can do to prevent webcam hacking from happening to your computer.
First, ensure that you are using some sort of anti-virus or an anti-malware software on every single one of your devices.
Nowadays laptops as well as phones and tablets have cameras, so try and make sure you install some software on all devices.
Always make sure your anti-virus software is up to date, along with using your latest driver update.
Certain experts are also recommending using a secure Wi-Fi connection. This means simply ensuring that you have a secure and strong password on your network.
Most laptops, desktops and external webcams also have an indicator light showing when your webcam camera is turned on.
If you happen to see the light turn on when you aren’t really using your webcam, something may be up.
The most familiar, easiest and safest way to protect yourself from webcam hacking attackers infiltrating your private network is by simply placing a piece of paper on your webcam.
This will show hackers a black screen and will often times turn them away.