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Should I Cover the Camera on My Laptop?

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I'm sure you've seen it many times. You're sitting with a co-worker or a family member and notice they have a piece of tape or a sticky note covering their laptop camera. You might not even have to look that far, as you have probably covered your own laptop camera for fear that cybercriminals may be able to peer through your laptop and gather secrets about you. Is this practice necessary? Cybercrime has picked up over the last year and you should take all precautions. Check out this article to find out if you should get into the habit of covering up your camera.

Way back in 2016, former FBI director James Comey suggested covering up your computer's webcam is a good step to keep you and your information safe. There are many things a criminal can do if they got access to your webcam. They could disable the activity light so you aren't aware you're being filmed. They could take photos or videos while you're using the computer and use the information gathered to blackmail you. While many people interpreted what Director Comey said as cybercriminals specifically target webcams, the fact of the matter is the chances of this occurring are minor. The bigger issue is those wireless webcams you have floating around your home or business. Too often, people are focused on their laptop webcams that they forget the security needed to keep webcams safe. Yes, cybercrime attacks, have increased over the years, but criminals are focusing their attacks on phishing, SMShing, and vishing scams that just require a little trickery and very limited computer hacking skills. You should also be more concerned about having strong passwords for your online accounts and being able to spot various internet scams than covering your webcam.

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