Camera hacking is the process by which a thief uses malware to remotely access a user’s device’s webcam or camera. These gadgets can include desktops, laptops, tablets, security cameras and even smartphones.
You must have often heard about ATM, account and phone hacking. But did you know that hackers can also compromise your laptop’s camera. Yes, it’s true, as strange as it sounds. As a result, October 2022 has been recognized as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This initiative by the Government of India aims to educate and sensitize internet users about various cyber attacks. In this section, we explain how to prevent camera hacking incidents.
How is camera hacking done?
According to the information, camera hacking is a process by which a thief uses malware to remotely access a user’s device’s webcam or camera. These gadgets can include desktops, laptops, tablets, security cameras and even smartphones.
The easiest way for thieves to access any device’s camera is through email messages. Users click on files and links included in emails and messages to view news and data. By doing this, they allow scammers access to their entire device, including their camera.
Speaking of a different tactic, con artists link people via email to other websites they think they’ll like. As soon as users visit certain websites, RAT (Remote Access Trojan) authorization is requested by the website and as soon as they provide it, hackers can start their activities. Before scammers can fully control your smartphone and camera, the device must have spyware installed.
How to stop hacking?
The easiest way to protect yourself from any kind of cyber attack is to not click on any unexpected links. Downloading any apps from these URLs is not recommended.
– 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 regular tap.
Keep software updated on your digital gadgets too.
Never give out any personal information to a complete stranger on social media or other platforms.
– Animesh Sharma