• Finola McGinley

IT Security Tip: Why you might want to cover up your webcam with a sticker



Here’s a disturbing, but very real, tactic for hackers: spying on you via your device’s camera. Some simply watch you for fun. Others attempt to catch incriminating photos and then blackmail you by threatening to release the photos or video (which they have) to all your Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections or e-mail address book (which they also have) unless you pay a ransom. If you pay, they can come back and ask for MORE because they now know you care AND that you’ll pay. If you don’t pay, they will release that picture of you doing, um, well…


As always, follow the various security strategies we’ve been posting via our monthly tips which you can view all of right here. As a backup, you can buy stickers that cover your camera with a slider so you can uncover it when you want to actually use it to take a picture or join a web meeting. These are really inexpensive and can be found on Amazon for under $10. Search for “webcam cover slider.''


Cybercrime is at an all-time high, and hackers are setting their sights on small and medium businesses who are “low hanging fruit.” Don’t be their next victim!

Click here to download our free report where we the reveal the most common ways that hackers get in and how to protect yourself today!

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