The Webcam On Your Laptop And How it Can Prove To Be Dangerous

While the modern day computer can do a lot of things there are some aspects of it that attract people more than others. A computer can be used for a great many things but there are only a few things that the general population as a whole is able to appreciate it for. For example one of the big motivators for people to get a computer was the fact that the internet was blowing up. For people who are younger than their 30’s it is hard to believe that there was a time when the internet was not as prevalent as it is now. But if you just look at the late 90’s you will see that only then was the internet starting to create a foothold on the country and people were really starting to latch on to it. And that is when ownership of computers really skyrocketed.

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But once you were on the web, what were you going to do? That became a problem also. There were a lot of people who joining the web but once they were on they had no idea on what they were going to do. While now the answer is obvious and a lot of people use their computer and the internet for social media, back then it was not as much so. But there was one technology that people really started to latch on to. And that technology was the webcam. People really loved the fact that they could talk and see people from the other side of the globe. It was just like the technology in movies was finally coming true. You could now talk to people and see them and all in real time. And the excitement for the technology has not gone away. Even to this day you still see people using the webcam technology all of the time. The difference that once the technology was considered amazing and unprecedented. Now it is just considered part of the normal everyday way of using the computer.

And just like anything else that gets a huge following, you have to start worrying about the security of the item. But when it comes to the security of the webcam, you are worrying about different facets than you are when you are worrying about the security of the rest of your computer. When it comes to malware or any other attack on your computer it is usually the attacker trying to get data out of your computer. When it comes to attacks on webcams the attacker usually tries to stay in as long as possible and see and observe you the person. The data is no longer the main attraction, you are.

While it is possible that the attacker could be using the webcam to get information for a larger attack most of the time that is not the case and they are using it as their own private show. The information that can be gained from a webcam attack could be used for blackmail purposes, like it has been in the past, but most of the time it is used for the attackers own sick pleasure. There are a lot of people who are voyeurs out there and they just want to be able to see what other people are doing. If you look at any of the major adult websites out there you will see that the voyeur section is one of the most popular.

This is why you should be careful when it comes to applications and the control they are allowed to have of your camera. When it is non trusted software you never know who could be behind it.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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