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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
- 4:25:14, Apr 18th 2014 - SignRancher - I can't wait to check it out ! My daughter, who lives in Rushford, can' ... [Read More]
- 10:55:36, Apr 3rd 2014 - Attendee - I do think the meeting went well in terms of sharing information. But also ... [Read More]
- 11:56:59, Apr 2nd 2014 - svtaxpayer - Start the meeting with the same old rehash about how great college class ... [Read More]
- 11:30:55, Mar 28th 2014 - RoryKramer - I couldn't have said it any better. My family has shopped at Willie's f ... [Read More]
- 8:44:51, Mar 26th 2014 - Gunnar Berg - Would that be Henrik's lessor known younger brother "Al"? ... [Read More]
- 1:21:46, Mar 23rd 2014 - REDHORSE51 - EXCELLENT COMMENTARY ON BULLYING, HOWEVER THE AUTHOR STILL SUPPORTS THE ... [Read More]
- 6:23:24, Mar 17th 2014 - about time - About time they start giving tickets to people who park where it days no ... [Read More]
- 5:51:04, Mar 17th 2014 - what? - I guess it depends who you are in this town. I called and talked to the city ... [Read More]
- 4:03:17, Mar 14th 2014 - - Looking for his mom and found this. Randy you will be greatly missed. I loved all ... [Read More]
- 10:21:04, Mar 14th 2014 - Doc - So many winners. ... [Read More]
Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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Keeping in touch with family and friends via instant messaging is great, through video is even better. Skype, for example, is a great program to video chat at people’s convenience by utilizing your computer’s webcam. However, if a stranger was calling, you probably wouldn’t be so thrilled to talk to them, let alone hit the ‘answer’ button. Hackers have found their way around that though. And, when you’re least expecting it, you may have some stray eyes watching you within the security of your own home without even noticing.
It’s easier than one may think for a hacker to work their tech magic and attach to your computer system’s webcam. In fact, you’re probably doing most of the work for them. These online privacy invaders take advantage of your mistakes such as clicking on an insecure or virus infected attachment, not using a firewall, having weak anti-virus protection, or even not using a secure wireless connection. Once you let your guard down, the game is pretty much over.
So, what is the best way to tell if someone’s watching you? If your webcam indicator light is on when it’s not in use or you did not turn it on, that’s a good hint that something suspicious is going on.
To be on the safe side, Norton Anti-Virus Company suggests that computer owners cover their webcam lenses with a Post-it note, for example, just to be on the safe side. You probably don’t want to put anything sticky directly on the lens as damage may occur. If you have an attachable webcam, it is suggested that you detach it when it is not in use.
Norton reported in 2010 that one Chinese hacking group alone was able to tap into more than 1,300 webcams from more than 100 different countries. I’d hate to be one of them.
So, we may grumble and groan on occasion when unexpected company arrives at the front door, but that would be the least of my worries if I had complete strangers looking in watching my every move at their convenience – not through a window, but through my computer. And everyone stores their computer in a different place in their home… some in the living room, the home office, perhaps the kitchen, and even some in the bedroom-- Just simply stating a word of caution. Surely we wouldn’t want uninvited guests in any of these places.