Some laptop webcams have a sliding cover to achieve the same thing, but a piece of electrical tape or even a Post-it note stuck over the lens works just as well for other styles of integrated camera.
Even if you do use your webcam regularly, keeping it covered can prevent embarrassing incidents —like inadvertently accepting a Skype video chat with your boss when you’re working from home wearing just your underwear…
It may sound far-fetched, but in 2014 a Russian website carrying video captured illegally from 500 UK webcams was exposed and in 2015, a British hacker was convicted of spending up to 12 hours a day spying on people by hacking their webcams.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure your webcam can’t be hacked in this way.
Since most laptops now come with a built-in webcam, it’s critical to understand the risks, says Richard Stiennon, a malware expert with IT-Harvest, a research firm that specializes in Internet security.
“We all have to become aware that our every action could be watched,” says Stiennon.
“No user action or Flash Player product update are required,” it reads. Others have found the exploit to work on IE10, but it seems to be patched on the most recent releases of Safari and Firefox.
Steven Fox, an IT security expert, was chatting with friends on his webcam one night when he started receiving some strange emails.
Imagine his surprise when he opened one and found images of himself chatting.
Like in my last article on remotely installing a keylogger onto somebody's computer, this guide will continue to display the abilities of Metasploit's powerful Meterpreter by hacking into the victim's webcam.
This will allow us to control the webcam remotely, capturing snapshots from it.