The news today was inundated with stories from a Russian website that links to webcam feeds from around the world.
It uses systems with default passwords or no protection to broadcast videos of people’s privacy on the internet.
Currently, over 500 UK feeds, as well as images from over 250 countries around the world, are being shared online.
So how do you protect yourself? Connecting your computer to the Internet immediately opens you to the world of the hacker.
But everyone needs internet access – computers just aren’t fun without it. So what can you do
1. Secure your Internet connection
Speaking to Kaspersky Lab’s leading security researcher, David Emm, we’ve put together a few more tips to prevent interference with your webcam.
First, change your router’s password. A lot of people leave it by default and it’s not too difficult to find things or try a number of passwords to access a home network. Once a hacker has it, you’re in serious trouble.
WPA2 encryption is important, as is disabling the SSID to prevent your router’s name from being broadcast to anyone within range.
For those who don’t know what they are, you’ll find them both in your router’s settings page. Find out how to access it in your router’s manual.
Once there, use WPA2 encryption to password protect your router. It will usually appear in a drop-down menu. The same goes with the SSID, which broadcasts the name of your router. It can normally be turned off very easily in the device settings page.
2. Change passwords
Just like we mentioned before, setting and changing passwords will be very important in securing your webcams.
The Russian website exploited the fact that most people either do not protect their webcams at all or use default passwords.
Instead, encrypt your camera using a random password generator. Norton’s is completely secure and secure.
Obviously, a random password isn’t that easy to remember, so be sure to keep it safe somewhere for access later – preferably somewhere that isn’t connected to the internet.
3. Secure all mobile devices
One of Kaspersky’s main pointers is mobile devices. You also absolutely need to keep them safe.
Many webcams connect via applications to your smartphone. This leaves a large exploitable hole for hackers who most often are not protected.
Consider installing security software and make sure the passwords used are not default or easy to guess passwords.
4. Buy duct tape
Okay, that sounds utterly ridiculous, we know – but in all honesty, when will you be using a webcam outside of making video calls to your friends and family?
For those who use them for safety or baby monitoring, this obviously does not apply.
Simply put, cover the lens of your webcam when you’re not using it. Most smart TVs – including the Sony we recently reviewed – include a cover or pop-up camera that you can hide when you’re not using it.
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