You must have often heard the news of ATM, account, and phone hacking. But do you know that hackers can also compromise your laptop’s camera? Yes, it is true, no matter how strange it may sound. Consequently, October 2022 has been recognized as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The initiative of the Government of India aims to educate and sensitize internet users about various cyber attacks. In this section, we will explain how to prevent camera hacking incidents.
How is camera hacking done?
According to information, camera hacking is the process through which a thief uses malware to remotely access a user’s device’s webcam or camera. These gadgets can include desktops, laptops, tablets, security cameras, and even smartphones.
One of the easiest ways for thieves to access any device’s camera is through email messages. Users click on files and links included in emails and messages to view news and data. By doing so, they allow scammers access to their entire device including their cameras.
Speaking of a different technique, con artists link people via email to other websites that they think they will like. As soon as users visit certain websites, RAT (Remote Access Trojan) authorization is requested by the website, and as soon as they provide it, hackers can start their operations. Before scammers can fully control your smartphone and camera, the device must have spyware installed on it.
How to stop hacking?
The easiest way to protect yourself from any kind of cyber attack is not to click on any unexpected link. It is also not advised to download any app from these URLs.
– Download apps only from recognized app stores.
– Cover your laptop’s webcam or other digital devices when not in use. You can use a webcam shield or cover for this, or you can just use a regular tap.
Keep the software updated on your digital gadgets as well.
Never provide any personal information to a complete stranger on social media or other platforms.