Sometimes even famous personalities stick a camera on your laptop, but you hardly need to do it!
How often do you see a laptop camera taped in your friends? It can be just a piece of dark paper or scotch tape, some sticker, a stupidly colored marker camera, or a special curtain for it.
The point of sticking a camera?
It’s not going to let anyone spy on me! Let’s be honest. No one really needs your face. And no one’s going to sit 24/7 watching you clap on the keyboard or drooling with your laptop on your lap. This will be a discovery for many, but for a huge part of users, there is simply no need to paste the camera.
But why? In fact, hackers do not need information about the painting hanging on your wall, what you go around the house, and with whom you sleep. Hacking the camera will only when you can really get valuable data. They also need logins and passwords from accounts, bank cards and electronic wallets, valuable corporate data, etc.
You’re to blame for the snooping.
Why are they connected to your camera? The easiest way to give someone access to a broadcast from your camera is to bring a virus into your system, such as Blackshades.
Infect your device you can only in case of inattention: clicked on a malicious link or opened a file sent by an unknown messenger as one of the bell calls may request permission to use the camera.
Hacking a camera without your knowledge and confirmation can be very expensive… $300. Hardly any of your enemies will pay so much money for hacking and getting a small compromise in the form of a photo.
What about celebrities?
They’re really sticking the camera on. For example, Mark Zuckerberg taps the camera and microphone on his MacBook.
Former FBI Director James Comey also admitted in 2016 that he pasted the camera on his laptop. He compared it to locking doors at night and installing alarm systems for their own safety.
What’s more dangerous than surveillance through a camera?
Oh, there are threats much more dangerous and serious than connecting to your camera:
- Phishing. Thus, your logins and passwords from accounts, e-wallets and bank cards are stolen;
- Programs to calculate your location. I think it’s clear here;
- Recording the microphone. Stealing your ideas, revealing your secrets and writing your thoughts out loud;
- Oh, what about apps that take a screenshot of your screen? So you decided to remember the old password from the account, but it is no longer valid.
But there is a threat! I don’t want anyone looking at me through the camera!
Okay, if the fear of the hacked camera is still there, then you will be helped only by your caution and discretion:
- Don’t download programs from suspicious sites, carefully examine the URL of the site you visited, and do not click on the left links;
- Did you send files to the mail from an unknown person? Delete the message and don’t dare open them;
- No remote control programs unnecessarily;
- Good, preferably paid, antivirus;
- Throw away a free VPN and go to the paid one – there is more attention to the user’s privacy;