The use of webcams has become more and more common, as their low cost has created a plethora of possibilities to benefit both personal and business use. With images fed into computers in real time, webcams used for conference calls and video calls is now just an un-extraordinary experience for millions of people.
However, as Wikipedia states, webcams “have also become a source of security and privacy issues, as some built-in webcams can be remotely activated via spyware.”
This brings me the story of Mike Mitchell, a retired military serviceman from Sacramento, California. Mike had recently started using his webcam with facial recognition systems for site logins. Pretty cool stuff. But problems soon arose, which Mike wrote to us about:
“At first, everything seemed to be working as advertised. After a few weeks, I started to notice that my webcam activation light was coming on at odd times, even after being reset. I was beginning to suspect that something might be amiss, but other than unplugging it completely, I wasn’t sure what to do about it. Strangely enough, I received the Perfectguard product email the next day (I know, sounds campy but it’s true).
After reading the email, I thought that it might solve my problem and it has! Perfectguard “caught” the logger and blocked it. Once it was identified, I deleted the associated logger files and the webcam works normally. I’ve used Raxco products for years — Perfectdisk mostly, but over the last few months I’ve started using PerfectUpdater, PerfectRegistry & PerfectGuard. You guys make great/reliable products…thanks!”
Webcam intrusion may not be as prevalent as webcams. Facial recognition is also not yet mainstream. But both are gaining traction in the real world — they are no longer only operating in fantasy land.
As we know from history, the bad guys follow growing trends. Do you have complete trust that your webcam is secure?
- How to Protect Your Passwords on Public & Private Computers
- PerfectGuard antilogger — first 10 days
- After firewall and antivirus, third layer of protection — PerfectGuard
- Real time, proactive antilogger — PerfectGuard is coming next week
- SSL Protection at the keystroke and screen-capture level
- You’re striking a pose — so protect it — screenlogger malware protection
- Do you always feel like somebody’s watching you — get protected
- Your online banking and shopping — not as secure as you think
- Your online privacy — the missing piece