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Avast solutions help users control who can access their webcam to prevent unwanted spying.
In October, we conducted an online survey around webcam security awareness and found that 61% of Americans are concerned hackers could spy on them through their computer’s camera.
They have every reason to be concerned.
Tools that can hack a computer’s webcam are available on the regular web, as well as the darknet, in some cases even for free. Although many computers come with a light that indicates the webcam has been activated, tools can circumvent the light from being triggered.
The survey reveals that Americans are more aware that hackers can spy on them without activating their webcam’s indicator light compared to the global results. Globally, two in every five (40%) respondents are unaware of the threat, while two-thirds of Americans claim they know of the possibility.
Many people, like former FBI Director, James Comey, and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerburg, cover their webcam to prevent unwanted spies from watching them. However, despite concerns being high, only 52 percent of Americans have physically covered up their computer’s webcam.
Covering webcams is a good start, but can be an inconvenience if you frequently need to use your webcam. We at Avast understand this inconvenience, which is why we give our users complete control over who can use their camera, without having to physically cover it up. – Ondrej Vlcek, CTO of Avast
Avast’s new feature, Avast Webcam Shield, which comes with Avast Premier, ends webcam spying for good by blocking malware and untrusted apps from hijacking webcams. Furthermore, users have the option of forcing all apps to ask their permission before they can access the computer’s webcam. The same feature is offered in AVG Internet Security, under a different name, Webcam Protection.
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A hacker terrified a Lee County man when he took over his computer and tried to extort him. Lee County sheriff’s investigators said they don’t know how the hacker got into the man’s laptop. The victim called LCSO’s fraud hotline to report the crime. He said he was talking with a relative on Skype one night last week, and after the conversation was over, he closed his laptop without logging off of Skype or turning off his computer. The next day, he went online. Within a minute, a number he didn’t recognize was calling his cell phone. He pick up, and a man who deputies said spoke with “a distinct foreign accent and claimed to be from Syria” called the man by name. He also had “very specific and private information about his finances, his family and friends that could have only been known by someone who had access to his computer,” deputies said. The hacker threatened to release the victim’s personal pictures and videos if he did not pay him $600.00. And that’s not all. “The hacker, who repeatedly threatened to ruin the victim’s life if he disconnected the call, was apparently able to see the victim in his home as he described the victim’s exact […]
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Believe it or not, a hacker could be spying on you through your MacBook Webcam right now. Yes, right now. That’s because it’s possible for hackers or even the federal government to bypass the security feature in the iSight camera, researchers at Johns Hopkins University say. We first saw the news on The Washington Post. The […] View full post on Gregory d. evans