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Apr 30 2015   7:11PM GMT

Five steps to avoid webcam spying

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun


If you recall, last year, Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf’s, computer was hacked and the hacker then attempted to “sextort” her by threatening to post nude photographs of her on various social media sites. The hacker employed the notorious Blackshades RAT malware on her laptop to do his dirty work. Here’s a clip of her CNN interview:

Most all laptops, tablets, phones and other mobile devices these days have built in cameras. All Apple iMac computers have them.

What can you do to prevent being spied upon? Here’s my short list of five preventive measures.

  1. Cover the camera when you aren’t using it. A sticky note or a piece of masking tape works just fine.
  2. Turn your device off when you aren’t using it. Not only will the camera not work, you’ll save a little on your energy bill.
  3. Close the lid. I keep my MacBook Pro closed when I’m not using it. A hacker will see only black if they have any access to it.
  4. Run good anti-malware software and keep it updated along with all your applications and your firmware as well. Scan for malware regularly.
  5. Don’t use your computer when you’re naked. (I had to through that one in there…lol)

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