Camera hacking is the process by which a thief uses malware to remotely access a user’s webcam or device camera. These devices can include desktop computers, laptops, tablets, security cameras, and even smartphones.
You must have often heard the news about ATM, account and phone hacking. But did you know that hackers can also compromise your laptop’s camera? Yes, that’s right, strange as it sounds. Consequently, October 2022 has been recognized as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The initiative of the Government of India aims to educate and sensitize netizens about various cyber-attacks. In this section, we will explain how to prevent camera hacking incidents.
How is camera hacking done?
Camera hacking is reportedly the process by which a thief uses malware to remotely access a user’s webcam or device camera. These devices can include desktop computers, laptops, tablets, security cameras, and even smartphones.
One of the easiest ways for thieves to access the camera of any device 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 to access your entire device, including your cameras.
Speaking of a different technique, scammers link people via email to other websites they think they will like. As soon as users visit certain websites, the website asks for RAT (Remote Access Trojan) authorization, and as soon as they provide it, hackers can start their operations. Before scammers can fully control your smartphone and camera, spyware must be installed on the device.
How to stop hacking?
The easiest way to protect yourself from any kind of cyberattack is to not click on any unexpected links. It is also not recommended to download any applications 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 normal tap.
Keep software up to date on your digital devices too.
Never provide personal information to a complete stranger on social media or other platforms.