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Why you should disable your webcam

2015-10-20

Why you should disable your webcam and how.

The media loves a good spy story, but should you take the risk of security breaches and spying through your webcam seriously? We think so. Why take the risk when it’s easy to prevent.  So what can you do?

Very simply you should disable or at least cover up your webcam.

Desktop webcams – If you’re using an external webcam on your desktop, then unplug it. Even the most expert hacker can’t plug an unplugged USB device back in. Simply unplug it and plug it back in when you need to use it.

Integrated on a laptop – On most Dell and Lenovo laptops you can turn it off in the BIOS – you’ll find an option for ‘webcam’ or ‘camera’ with an lock/unlock or enable/disable toggle. To turn off your webcam just lock or disable the function. Other laptops will require you to visit the Windows Device Manager and disable or remove the webcam under the ‘imaging devices’ category.

Finally, if you’re looking for a more basic solution – just cover it up! If you use the webcam and want a cover to be easily removed there several you can buy online. Otherwise a bit of DIY with some tape and a hole punch, or a sticky note, will cover your webcam perfectly.

You can find more info on webcam security on:

http://www.howtogeek.com/210921/how-to-disable-your-webcam-and-why-you-should/

http://uk.norton.com/yoursecurityresource/detail.jsp?aid=webcam_hacking