How Webcams are Hacked and How to Protect Yourself

Police have been focusing a lot of their time towards bringing down online hackers, which have really been upping their game lately. A 27-year old woman recently contacted the police after having someone send her photos of herself naked. The photos were taken from her computer’s webcam, but she never took them. It’s shocking, creepy and seems like it’s straight out of a movie.

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How do hackers gain access to your webcam?

Hackers use different methods to gain access to your computer, but one of the most common ways is by installing Blackshades on your device. Blackshades is a type of malware that allows them to control your computer remotely. This means they can open and close applications, they can view your files and they can even turn on your webcam and snap photos of you.

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Another method they use is by logging into your webcam’s admin panel. More than 50% of people use the standard webcam password, which is the default password when you purchase the webcam. Since this default password remains the same for all webcams manufactured by the same company, it’s incredibly easy for hackers to enter your admin panel and watch your live webcam feed.

How to protect yourself from webcam hacking

While it seems like these webcam hackers are code geniuses, they are basically just copying and pasting hack scripts and sending malware that they did not create. You can easily get rid of 99% of hackers by changing a few things on your computer. The first thing to change is your webcam’s password. Never keep the default password; it’s like leaving your house key under your front doormat. Also, when picking your password, use something difficult and write it down somewhere. You won’t have to type it in often, so it doesn’t need to be something quick and short.

The next step is crucial; install anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer. So many people take it for granted and don’t bother wasting time or money with such tools. However, it’s the leading cause for webcam hacks. With a great anti-malware tool, your computer will be able to detect Blackshades and remove it. There are some good quality anti-virus and anti-malware programs available online for free.

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It’s important to run daily computer scans with your anti-virus. If you don’t want to do it on a daily basis, do it at least once per week. Also, make sure to keep your anti-malware and anti-virus software updated at all times.

Finally, you can use a cheap and quick fix, which consists of placing a piece of tape over your webcam. If it’s an external webcam, only plug it into your computer when you actually need to use it.

Peeping Toms can become incredibly dangerous. By listening in on your private life, they can find out information that could put your life at risk. Don’t cut any corners when it comes to your privacy; go all out and keep yourself safe from hackers at all times.

Meeting Strangers Online – Is It Safe?

With so many roulette chat and webcam chat sites on the internet, meeting strangers is easier to do than ever before. You can hop on the internet, browse a cam site and go from one random stranger to another. Best of all, you get to see them through their webcam connection. However, are these video chat sites actually safe to use? Are there any risks involved and are they entirely secure? We investigated to find out just how safe these sites really are.

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Webcam Security

One of the biggest threats about these cam sites is that people actually see you. They see your face, they see where you live and they can even see items behind you that may allow them to locate you with precision. If you’re sitting on webcam in your bedroom and have photographs on the dresser behind you, strangers can see them. Although it’s rare, some people can actually get located through this type of common error.

In order to prevent this from happening, it’s important to display yourself on webcam with nothing important behind you. Move all photographs, posters and all other items that could allow strangers to get to know more about you.

What You Shouldn’t Say

There are certain things that you should never talk about when video chatting with strangers. Although some of these things are pretty obvious, many people ignore them once they are under the charm of the stranger that they are talking with. Make sure that you NEVER talk about the following things on webcam chat sites.

  • Your credit card information, bank details or any other information related to your financials.
  • Your current location, past locations or any detail that could allow the strangers to find out where you have lived or currently live.
  • Your family members. Don’t talk about your siblings/parents such as giving out their names; this could put them in danger.
  • Never give out your real name. You can tell the strangers that you meet your real first name, but avoid last names. This could allow them to know more about you.
  • Don’t talk about your job. Never say where you work or who you work for.
  • Don’t talk about concerts or bars that you may have recently gone to.

As you can see, most of these are pretty straightforward. The important thing to remember is that they need to know as little personal details about yourself as possible. If you start telling them tons of information about yourself or your family members, they will easily be able to find out where you live.

Be Fake

There’s no shame in becoming someone completely different when using video chat sites. These sites allow you to be as fake as you want and nobody will ever know. Chances are, you will never actually meet up with the people you meet in real life, so who cares if you make up a fake name and address.

New Security Measures at ChatRandom –Fake Cam Blocking Now in Place

ChatRandom is a meeting place for hundreds of thousands of individuals every single day. With so many people on this one single website, there are sure to be users that want to do wrong onto others. Many people use ChatRandom for the wrong reasons; they display fake webcam streams and attempt to get you naked or even blackmail you.

This will No Longer be an issue!

The founder of ChatRandom knows how valuable your safety is. In fact, the entire team has brainstormed ways to add to your level of protection while using this site. This brainstorming brought about a new security measure that has just recently been placed on the site.

Now, fake webcam streams are instantly detected and banned from ChatRandom whenever they are used. This includes users that display fake webcams using software tools that are designed for that purpose.

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For those of you that are wondering how this will help increase the safety at ChatRandom, keep reading. The number one safety issue while using ChatRandom is caused by trolls. Trolls are basically individuals that use software tools to display fake webcam streams rather than displaying their own webcam stream.

These software tools allow the trolls to appear as anyone they want. Now, some people use these tools for fun such as pretending to be celebrities or simply to get a few laughs, but some use these tools to blackmail other users.

Trolls use fake webcam streams to display hot girls getting undressed and they record your live stream. If you happen to get undressed, they will then ask you for your Facebook details so that you can keep in touch. Once you provide the troll with your details, they will then reveal their true identity. They normally threaten to share the video of you naked with all of your Facebook contacts unless you pay them money.

Alright, so how do you avoid getting caught by trolls? That’s now easier than ever before; use ChatRandom.

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ChatRandom’s fake cam blocking technology prevents trolls from being able to display fake webcam streams. This is a wonderful addition to the site that should have been added years ago. Now when you see a person on cam, you can be sure that it’s the actual person that you’re talking with.

The community at ChatRandom is now a lot safer due to this fake cam blocking technology. Making this site a safer place is so important to the ChatRandom.com team and we believe that we’ve finally become the safest adult random cam site on the internet.

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