Apple released a report which stated that using an overly thick camera cover on its MacBooks could indeed damage the display when you close the lid. But to put your full trust in Apple’s camera activity indicator is a big ask. To think that a hacker couldn’t figure out how to turn on the webcam without activating the LED is a bit naive.
According to Avast an antivirus security application, boost your webcam security with these tips to keep spying eyes and listening ears away
Keep control of the connected lenses in your home with these tips to stronger security.
1. Review and understand your security options for every device. The default settings will not always be what you want. As you set up each new device, employ the most protection you can and use that as your starting point. If you find it restricts your use of the device in any way, you can always dial back the security to a more comfortable setting.
2. Update the firmware and software of the device immediately as updates are available. A common reason for the updates is a security improvement.
3. Use strong and unique passwords for all your accounts (especially change the passwords for devices that come with default passwords, like your router, some webcams, etc.). While it can be tempting, resist the urge to use the same password across multiple accounts. Get yourself a password manager to remember all of them, and your logins suddenly become automatic and more secure at the same time.
4. If the device or software you are using allows two-factor authentication (2FA), enable it.
5. Know the telltale signs of phishing scams so you can avoid them at all costs. If a hacker assumes control of your webcam, he or she does so through a RAT, a remote access Trojan. And the RAT gets in by fooling you into downloading it through phishing tactics. The TL;DR of phishing defense is this: Be wary of any links or downloads emailed or texted to you.
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