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Eliminate Webcam Spying Espionage and government conspiracy movies show how agents, hackers and law breakers easily access the webcam in a laptop, iPad or smartphone of their targets. Anti-terrorism and crime-fighting agencies do tap telecommunication devices and laptops with advanced surveillance systems, and view/listen to people through the attached or built-in webcams. The reality is, any unscrupulous person can easily spy on others through the webcam with simple tools and phishing techniques. There are voyeurs who are not content with just watching unsuspecting people this way. These violators of personal privacy collect images and videos of people in compromising situations and even upload these to shady websites. Standard smartphone features include a camera. Most laptops and iPads now come with built-in webcams. Hundreds of documented cases of voyeurism involving webcams make it compelling to make an insecure viewing and recording device inactive or inaccessible when not in use. Performing periodic anti-virus scans usually prevent trojans and malware that could be used for spying, but something can worm its way thru that is not included in the recent spyware definition update. Built-in webcams can be disabled through the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) of laptops and personal computers (provided the BIOS and hardware support such a function). One other means, though not quite as secure/foolproof compared to disabling the webcam through the BIOS, is disabling the webcam in the Operating System (OS) by removing driver support. The simplest means of “incapacitating” a webcam (while the laptop or similar gadget is on) would be to obscure the lens with a cover. Lens covering is such a basic option, but a really effective solution that provides instant visual confirmation. Some who are not picky use masking tape over the webcam. Other do-it-yourself (DIY) guys roll a bit of electrical or duct tape on non-stick paper, make use of an office puncher to create neat round dots out of the paper-tape, peel off the non-stick paper out of a dot and stick on the tape over the webcam. However, tapes, could leave an unsightly adhesive residue when these are taken off.
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Online sites provide information on commercially available webcam covers that avoid having to deal with sticky adhesives. C-shaped plastic clamps that can be slipped onto a laptop, tablet or smartphone to block the webcam lens are available. Other offerings consist of a slender plastic slider that can be permanently installed. The slider has an opening positioned over the lens and a plastic piece slides over the opening to “shut-out/open” the lens. People can also make use of creatively designed and colored non-adhesive stick-ons that use static electricity to cling to a smooth surface (but obviously therefore, readily fall off from textured surfaces like brushed aluminium).
Where To Start with Covers and More
Definitely, video calls can’t be done without a webcam. Still, protection from webcam-based snooping when the webcam is not in use is critical to prevent privacy breaches. Covering the lens should do the trick.