Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams: Why you should cover the camera on your phone or laptop

Article Link: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/hackers-can-access-your-phone-and-laptop-cameras-heres-why-you-should-cover-them-now

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Whether you use Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams, the webcam on your home PC or laptop device has probably never been as active as it is during this pandemic. Most of us have a camera built into our phone, tablet, laptop, or a desktop webcam we use for work, study or virtual socialising. Unfortunately, this privilege can leave us vulnerable to an online attack known as camfecting. This is when hackers take control of your webcam remotely. They do this by disabling the “on” light which usually indicates the camera is active – so victims are none the wiser.