How to Prevent Your Webcam from Being Hacked

Recently crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf is the victim of an apparent hacking that involved someone obtaining nude pictures of her taken from a webcam in her bedroom. The FBI is now investigating the allegations.

It all began several months before she was crowned Miss Teen USA. Cassidy received notification that someone in another state had tried to access her Facebook page. Soon after, she began to receive anonymous e-mails claiming to have the photographs of her.

I didn’t even realize that malware exists that is capable of taking screenshots using your webcam, but they are very common. While the investigation is going on, Cassidy has made a point of appearing on news programs, telling her story and warning others to be aware so the same thing doesn’t happen to them. Here are a few quick tips you can use immediately to reduce your risk.

Change your passwords. We all know we need to do this one simple thing, yet it is usually not done frequently enough. Make sure to make long and strong, hard-to-guess passwords too.

Cover your webcam. Don’t use it? Disable it. If you do use it, simply place a sticker over it when you are not.

Run anti-malware software. Always, ALWAYS run anti-malware software, and keep it up-to-date. Make sure to schedule scans frequently. Try the free version of ChicaPC-Shield.

Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to get to us and our personal information. Make sure you take steps to protect yourself.

 

Angela Skinner Mullen
Angela leads a caffeine-fueled life chasing her kids around town. She holds degrees in Communications and Marketing, and worked in marketing management in both publishing and technology fields before going freelance. While some think she is obsessive-compulsive about correct usage and grammar, she prefers to think of herself as paying great attention to detail. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two kids, two cats, a frog, and a very large dog. Most likely to be found working from a Coffee Bean in Los Angeles, laptop on and latte in hand.

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