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Cyber Security Tip: Do we need to cover our Webcam?

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Webcams have presented a security liability for years, yet many of us don’t cover them up. Should we?

Edward Snowden, Mark Zuckerberg, and former FBI director James Comey all seem to but none of us are celebrities or heads of state, so what good does it do to us?

Mr Comey said that all government offices cover up the cameras and that normal citizens should be doing the same.

There’s some sensible things you should be doing, and that’s one of them,” Comey said regarding webcam covers. “You go into any government office and we all have the little camera things that sit on top of the screen. They all have a little lid that closes down on them. You do that so that people who don’t have authority don’t look at you. I think that’s a good thing.

Web security company Hide My Ass! recently announced that it had started making special gadgets to sit over the top of people’s webcams, in case hackers broke in. Those little bits of plastic also feature a lens that means people can slot in an image and have it show to anyone who broke in.

Well, not much! Tape might give you some peace of mind because it thwarts webcam attacks well, but the reality is that cameras and microphones are everywhere now, including in your voice-enabled TV remote, your Alexa device, and your phone.

You can’t easily disable or tape over a microphone, and audio clips can be just as damaging as video content.

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Watch, Enjoy, and think about hackers watching you sleep at night. But don’t think too hard about it because that’s scary.

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Source : The Verge 

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