Ok I know some if not most people may say I’m “paranoid” to cover my laptop webcam with a piece of tape. But others – including leading tech and academic gurus – say it’s one of the smartest things you can do to protect your privacy. Recently I ran an experiment with a room full of people who logged in on a shared public wifi. With their permission I demonstrated how simple it was to remote into their laptops and turn on their cameras without the little red light being on. Now a days you don’t need to be a hacker to turn on someone’s camera.
There is cheap software available or if you know how to explore on the dark web you can purchase good software from a hacker. Remember a few years ago someone remoted in and spied on former Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf. Sure men get spied on as well but not as much as women do. Make no mistake covering up your camera isn’t the end all be all of security but it does prevent creepers from seeing what your camera sees. Here are my top 10 reasons why you should cover your laptop camera.
1.) Edward Snowden
If you haven’t seen the movie titled “Snowden” then it is possible you may not know who he is. Snowden is a whistleblower who illegally copied and leaked classified documents while working for the NSA. Those documents were proof that the government can listen in on our conversations and can definitely spy on us throw microphones and cameras.
2.) Your Pictures or Videos can end up on the Dark Web black market
As I said earlier women are targeted often in spying. With that being said images and or videos can be captured and sold to creepers on the dark web. Or their outright access to the women’s webcam is sold. This is more common than you would think. Unfortunately there is a big lucrative market for videos and photos of unknowing women that were illicitly obtained. This represents a quick and easy way to make a lot of easy money at your expense, increasing your number of spies in the process.
3.) Avoid being blackmailed
Ok so in addition to these creepers getting off on your photos or videos they a lot of times get greedy and will contact the laptop owner and blackmail them for bitcoin, and or more intimate photos / videos. Model & Miss Teen Cassidy Wolf was sent an array of her own photos in various stages of undressing as she was changing by a classmate. This creeper demanded everything from better quality videos, to a five-minute sex show on Skype, or he would make the images public, compromising her beauty pageant success. When you’re feeling exposed, vulnerable and desperate, it’s easy for hackers to further take advantage of you via blackmail.
4.) Avoid public embarrassment
Ok so let’s say someone does access your camera and steal your photos. Let’s say they contact you and try to blackmail you for money you don’t have or for more photos and you don’t pay up. Make no mistake they will release those videos and or photos so then what? Depending who you are, if you have a family, or what you do for a living. This is something that could impact you to the point of no recovery. I have a friend who spent some time in the adult industry and unfortunately their past still haunts them to this day. So I can definitely relate to public embarrassment. I mean it is free to cover up your camera so why not?
5.) Spying is way more common than you think
The next time someone spots your taped-over camera and accuses you of being too paranoid, you can inform them that hacking is actually a lot more common than you would think. You don’t need to have celebrity or politician status to fall victim to being hacked. Once hackers tap into your computer via relatively easy-to-use remote administration tools (RATS), you can kiss your privacy goodbye. Gaining access can be as easy as sending an email with a link to a website, image or video, and the user is tricked into downloading a small piece of malicious software on their computer.
I hope you found this article helpful. It was not meant to scare anyone. Although these types of hacks happen more than you would think does not mean you are currently being targeted. So just play it safe and cover your camera.