There have been a ton of stories going around lately about webcams being hacked, even baby monitors (as recently reported on the news) have been recently reported to be hacked. This can be a scary idea-especially if unknown to you someone is watching you, your kids, and anyone else who happens into your own.
So what can we do to protect ourselves? Is there any way to keep them from hacking our cameras and into our lives? What cameras can these sneaky hackers get into? There are answers to each of these questions (and so many more) and some answers are good while others are a startling wake up call.
The good news is, there are steps we can take to protect ourselves and our children/families. The scarey news is, they can hack ANY camera. They can get into any device with a camera. That includes:
- Cell Phones/Smart Phones
- External Webcams
- Baby Monitors
- Smart TV’s
- Game system cameras (ex. Xbox Kinect)
Our Webcam safety can be compromised in several different ways, by separate types of people out to perform their own purposes in spying on your and/or your family. Hackers, hijackers, spies and blackmailers may put your webcam safety at risk, and you need to take action now against their prying eyes. The two major security issues with webcams is hijacking and spying.
Just as a hacker can gain control of your PC, so they can also take over your webcam, switching it on and off, taking photos and watching everything you do. Naturally, a hijacking-type web camera program enables a criminal to spy on victims, but the use of these devices for secret observing is far more widespread than that.
For a start, there are legitimate devices installed for security purposes in homes, stores, schools and workplaces. Some of these, intentionally or not, are also connected to the Internet, putting webcam safety at risk. Then, of course, there are literally thousands of public wireless webcams on highways, at vacation resorts and scores of other places that maybe we don’t think about when we visit these locations, but you can be sure hundreds of people log on to them every day.
So how do we protect ourselves from such predators? There are several steps we can take. Some of them include:
- Be sure you have up to date Internet security software installed.
- Look for the camera’s operation light coming on when you’re not using it- recent research suggests hackers using special web camera programs may be able to switch off the light.
- If the camera is built-in but you don’t use it, disable it.
- Don’t use the camera anywhere where it might give away details of your location or provide other valuable information to thieves.
- Don’t do anything in front of a camera that you wouldn’t mind the whole world seeing. Hackers may even be able to access your camera while you’re using it with someone else and record your actions.
- Warn your kids!!! The camera can even be hacked and actions recorded while talking to their friends. Consider disabling the camera or imposing some restrictions.
- Unplug the camera or cover the lens when not in use; many newer model webcams come with a privacy shield that slides across the lens.
One of the easiest of ways to protect yourself and your family is the use of a “privacy shield”. One of the best on the market is the C-slide. It fits on any device from phones to tvs and is easy to install, remove, reinstall, slide open and closed, and is slim line so it doesn’t interfere with the opening or closing of laptops.
The C-slide is so simple to use and it really works! It has strong adhesive so it won’t just fall off, but it is still easy to remove and readjust if needed. It’s slim make makes it the perfect Cam cover for laptops and tablets because it won’t affect how the use of the laptop/tablet or it’s ability to open or close easily.
It opens and closes easily, so when I want to use my cam I can, (and it doesn’t block the light causing “fade out” the picture is always clear) but when I am not using it, I can feel confident that no one is staring at me thought the lens because there is nothing to see except for the back side of my C-Slide.
There isn’t a ton to tell you about this cover, outside of it’s ease of use, size, and convenience. (along with the added protection) But, I can tell you after all the news articles about hacked cameras, baby monitors, and tvs, it is extremely nice to have the peace of mind knowing that my computer is not susceptible to the ever growing danger of web cam infiltration. It is great how easy it is to use. Just slide it open or closed and camera is hidden or ready for use.
I recommend this to any phone, laptop, smart tv, tablet, or game system camera owners. It may be the only thing that saves you the agony of living with the after affects of a webcam/camera hijacker or spy. At only $5.95 it is affordable and will give you years of peace of mind. So what are you waiting for? Head over now to get your own! (or win one-see details below!)
C-SLIDE Webcam Cover 1.0 is a patented design that works with all laptops, computers, monitors, Smart TV’s, PS4, Xbox Kinect, and some External Web cameras.
- Super Thin: 1mm thick so laptops are able to shut with ease
Applications: double sided tape
- Durable : made from high-grade plastic
- Won’t Scratch: designed to open and close without harming the camera lens
- Shipping: FREE to the U.S.A otherwise will be shipped via United States Postal Service Priority Mail
- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: If you are unhappy with your purchase we will send you another unit or for a full REFUND! We only want HAPPY CUSTOMERS!!!
- Also available at the following stores: C-SLIDE, eBay, Amazon, Open Sky, and Etsy
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