smartphones and tablets to notebook PCs, webcams are becoming a standard equipment these days. Just about every device we use has a camera on it. Do you realize your WebCam can be taken over thru hacks, spyware,malware and other means to spy on you.

Most  webcams on notebook computers have indicator lights on them that let you know when your camera is actively capturing video. It may be possible (on some cameras) to disable the activity light through software hacks or modifying configuration settings. So, just because you don’t see an activity light on doesn’t mean that your webcam isn’t still capturing video.

The Basic Solution: Cover It Up

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones. If you really want to be sure cover over the Camera Lens with either tape or paper to prevent anyone from watching you

If you don’t want to mess with covering up your camera, just make a habit of closing your notebook computer when you’re not using it or when you want to make sure that you’re not on camera.

Scan Your Computer for Webcam-related Viruses, Spyware, and Malware

A traditional virus scanner may not always catch webcam-related spyware or malware. In addition to your primary antivirus software, you may want to install anti-spyware.

Avoid Opening E-mail Attachments From Unknown Sources

If you get an email from someone you don’t know and it contains an attachment file, think twice before you open it as it may contain a Trojan horse malware file that could install webcam-related malware onto your computer.

If your friend e-mails you something with an unsolicited attachment, text them or call them to see if they really sent it on purpose or if someone sent it from a hacked account.

Avoid Clicking Shortened Links on Social Media Sites

One of the ways webcam-related malware is spread is through links on social media sites. Malware developers often use link shortening services such as TinyURL and Bitly to try and mask the true destination link which is likely a malware distribution site. Check out our article on The Dangers of Short Links for information on how to see the destination of a short link without clicking on it.