Is your webcam looking back at you?

By Charlotte Parker 02 Feb 2018
webcam safety

Most of our computers come with a built-in camera so, when it comes to safety, you'll want to make sure no one else can get into it. A lot of the webcams on computers have an 'indicator light' that shows you when the camera is on, so you'll know when it's capturing video. On some cameras though, it is possible to turn this light off so just because the light isn't on, doesn't mean your webcam isn't on. This guide gives you some super-helpful tips on how to keep your camera away from prying eyes.


Cover it up


If you don't use your webcam, or you use it infrequently, the best and most simple solution could be to cover it up.

Electrical tape will do the job. If you don't want to run the risk of leaving sticky tape residue on your camera lens, you can put a piece of paper, or cardboard, on the bit of tape that's going over the lens.


Close your computer


Covering up the camera isn't the best solution for everyone, so the next best thing you can do it get into the habit of closing your laptop or notebook when you're not using it. Even the best hackers can't get around a closed laptop.

If you're worried there's something sinister going on, we recommend making sure your antivirus software is up to date. You can even have a 'second opinion scanner' like Malwarebytes or Hitman Pro which should catch any malware that managed to get past your front line.


Avoid emails from unknown sources


You've probably noticed that you get lots of emails from people and companies that you've never heard of. Quite often they'll put a catchy title in the subject to try and get you to open the email...

Don't. Unless you know where that email has come from, leave it alone and delete it. There's lots of tricks scammers can use to release viruses into your computer, so don't give them the chance.


Don't click shortened links


If you use social media, you've probably noticed that lots of pages use 'shortened links' instead of putting the full URL.

Unless you trust the page, it's best to avoid these shortened links because they can hide malicious things. To make sure you're safe, don't click on anything unless you know it's from a trusted source.

That should be everything you need to know to stay safe with your webcam. For more help, contact Team Knowhow experts.

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