How To Disable Your Webcam – Protect Your Privacy

Re-Blogged From www.pcadvisor.co.uk

Webcam Hacking“Webcam hacks are an easy way for unscrupulous people to spy on you without your knowledge. In this feature we show you how to protect yourself from these digital degenerates. It might seem like the kind of thing you’d expect to hear from the tin-foil hat brigade, but your computer could be watching you. More precisely some social degenerate might be using your computer’s webcam to secretly spy on you or your kids. In this feature we’ll explain the dangers of having an internet connected camera staring at you all the time and the practical steps that can be taken to protect yourself by disabling your webcam.”

“Webcams are very useful devices. Being able to keep in touch with friends and family all around the world while avoiding extortionate international call rates is still an unappreciated marvel of the modern world. But as Spiderman once taught us, with great power comes great responsibility. Webcams are almost always attached to devices that are themselves connected to the internet, thus making them easy prey for hackers.”

“Over the past few years there have been numerous reports of creeps watching women in their homes via the camera in their PC or laptop. It’s not even that difficult anymore, as software packages are available from the darker parts of the web that allow users to hack webcams remotely without even needing to know how to code. It’s not just for the perverts of the world either, as these surveillance techniques mean that anyone wanting to gain the upper hand on a rival can do so if they’re patient and deceitful enough.”

How To Disable Your Webcam:

Using software settings on Windows laptops –

“If you don’t use your webcam very often then a good option is to disable it entirely through the Windows Device Manager. To do this go to the Start Menu and search for device manager, then select the option that relates to Control Panel…………..”

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