You might say you don’t need it. Who is going to H**k you? and besides what is the hacker even seeking to get in your life? Quite primitive and ignorant minded questions right.
Here are the facts that should lead you into covering that webcam on that computer of yours.
Even the most sophisticated experts and tech geeks [Mark Zuckerberg in this case] agree on this as arguably the safest cybersecurity solution around to help protect against inversion of privacy.
Last year, Mark, Facebook founder, was pictured with a covering to his laptop during a photo presentation on Twitter (He even does it) ;D. He had a tape over his webcam and microphone and almost certainly has the same paranoid feeling we do over hackers and privacy invaders.
What do you expect? The picture quite went viral and in a bid to back that notion up, FBI director James Comey a month later admitted that offices in the US government should also cover up their webcams and microphone against attacks.
Situations like couples caught on camera making love in a room (IT 2016 movie) have been witnessed. This could not have been possible had they covered the laptop webcam which was facing directly to them. So why would you not do it?
Assuming you’re not a spy, hacker, government executive worker or even the chief executive of a multi-billion dollar company, do you really need to panic about an individual spying on you through your laptop’s camera or even through the microphone when at work or at home?
The answer, according to many tech experts, is yes.
In the year 2013, a hacker told BBC Radio 5 Live that access to a woman’s webcam costs about a dollar and that he had access to 500 computers. Could you imagine that!!!
The following year, a voyeuristic website popped up online, featuring live streams from thousands of webcams located in 250 countries around the world. As it turned out, the owners of these webcams had all made the same simple mistake – they never changed the device’s default password nor sort the option of covering up their laptop webcam to prevent this event and likely bugs from occurring.
Smartphones, tablets, smart speakers, web-connected home security cameras (CCTV’s) and smart TVs are also vulnerable to hacking and privacy inversion – and the vast majority have little or no security protection that comes with it. Also, with the feeling that these whole devices and gadgets are been run with literally poor password information on them, exposure to hacks is a huge certainty.
Technology might just be an amazing discovery with its hilarious breakthroughs and eye-boggling inventions, but it might as well cost us much and peace of life entirely if we continue being ignorant of these or even using them the wrong way.