YOU are NOT paranoid if you cover your webcam when using your computer or phone, as you can be tracked through your camera.
There are valid safety concerns around webcams and cameras being used against you.
With the desire to stay connected, the reality is that our privacy is at stake.
Malware can be used to access your webcam or camera.
Hackers can use this to track you and gather information.
They can do so by hacking out-of-date operating systems, software, and even by compromising data on apps to which you’ve given camera access.
Usually, when updates are released to the operating system and software, it is to fix the security holes that have been found.
Google recently came up with headlines to catch 26 security holes and urge Chrome users to update their browsers.
But there are steps you can take if you’re concerned about the privacy of your camera or webcam.
You can use a piece of paper or a physical sticker to block the camera.
You can also choose to turn off your laptop or phone when engaging in a sensitive conversation.
There are also additional security steps you can take to avoid being tracked.
For starters, always make sure your operating system and software are up to date.
Older versions may have vulnerabilities to make them easier to penetrate.
Make sure you have automatic updates turned on to avoid getting vulnerable software.
In the age of working from home, some companies have required employees to install certain security devices on their laptops.
This may allow your company to use your webcam, in some cases.
In general, this technology is used for security purposes and not for spying or personal tracking purposes.
However, it is something to keep in mind when using your device.
Also be aware of which apps you give access to your smartphone camera.
You can always go into your phone’s settings to see which apps have camera access and disable camera permissions for selected apps.
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