Why Do People Put Tape Over Their Laptop Webcams?
Twenty years ago, people had to set up a webcam on top of their desktop computer in order to record themselves. Webcams didn’t come with computers, and frankly, they were rarely used. However, as laptops started to become widespread, and there were more sites and apps dedicated to video, webcams became part of everyday life. Now, nearly every laptop has a webcam built into it.
Integrated webcams have become more prevalent due to demand. Conversely, as webcams have become a built-in feature in almost all modern laptops, the amount of people who’ve started putting tape, sliders, stickers, and other items over their webcams has also increased. There are even entire companies dedicated to it. Is there a real threat? Here are some reasons why putting tape over your webcam might actually be an important safety measure.
Webcam Hacking Is Very Easy
Although hacking seems like something that only the smartest of internet users can do, it’s actually much easier than you’d think. If someone is able to exploit a weakness in your system–whether by having you unwittingly download a virus, getting access to your computer through a website, or by gaining access via another option–then that individual can spy on all your information. It’s not even overly difficult to do this; there are guides freely available on the internet, and these guides aren’t even part of the deep web! You can run a simple Google search and learn how to hack someone’s operating system if it has vulnerabilities.
Of course, this kind of thing is almost always illegal to do. And with most modern computer systems, it’s not simple by any stretch. By taking into account internet browsing safety, you can avoid most breaches of security and make sure someone doesn’t hack into your computer in any way. However, if you have computer issues you’re not aware of, or your operating system has faults that haven’t been patched, it’s not hard to exploit them.
Your Webcam Can Give Insights into Your Personal Habits
Think about it: how much time do you spend in front of your webcam? Do you eat lunch, do paperwork, or talk to friends? When you put all these things together, it can actually give a webcam hacker a good idea of what your day-to-day life is like. If the hacker in question also pays attention to your browsing habits, which is likely, he or she may be able to put together a complete picture of your personality and ideology. What do you find funny? What upsets you? What makes you roll your eyes? It’s just another way hackers can get a complete picture of who you are.
Personal Information Can Be Found with Even Generally Accessible Information
Worried that someone may have used information about you that they got from hacking your webcam? One of the ways you can find out is by using PeopleFinders. With just your first name, last name, city, and state, you can run a background check on yourself to see what information is out there. You can find out fast if someone has posted unauthorized or incorrect facts about you; so you can take appropriate action to get it removed. And if you want more information about internet security, just read the PeopleFinders blog for more tips on how to maintain your online safety!
Putting tape over your webcam may seem like a bit of an overreaction. But more and more people are doing it to ensure their online privacy. You may never have someone hack your webcam, but it does happen. It’s a simple way to protect yourself, just in case. You can opt for fun-looking stickers or professional-looking leather sliders. Or just put a piece of duct tape over it for a simple solution. Whatever you do, it’s a good start, but it shouldn’t be the end of your internet security. Make sure you also have a public records site like PeopleFinders in your bookmarks to see what others can find out about you and protect yourself from potential threats.
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