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Awareness needed for webcam use.
Category : General 24 Nov 2010 09:58 AM | Industry News
New Internet surfers need to swiftly learn that staying safe on the Internet is a lot like staying safe on the street while passing a stranger lurking near a dark alley, especially if your children are online too. By using common sense Internet safety precautions, you and your children can avoid exposure to strangers with bad intentions.
Even if a web link appears to be from a friend, it could have been sent by a worm or other malicious program trying to infect your computer. So unless you just asked your friend to IM you a link to her favorite recipe site, for example, don't click any unsolicited links sent via IM. Also, avoid opening files attached to an IM as viruses can spread this way, too.
It’s also pretty much the riskiest chat behavior in which you can engage. along with the usual common sense precautions, like not giving out any personal information of any kind, you have another set of worries. The person or people at the other end of that connection can see you. And every frame of you that gets sent out can be captured by your chat partner. If you have *any* concerns about your photo appearing in any form somewhere on the net, do not jump into video chat with someone you don’t know and trust with your reputation. yes, webcams are a blast, but let’s face it – the technology is a magnet for stalkers and pervs.
Safe webcam use simply requires taking certain precautions to make sure that access to them is restricted to only certain people.
Even users who do not post their webcams on one of these sites could find their lives being shared with the world. Each webcam has a Web address that can be found by search engines, who will then post it among their listings. Usually each camera has a password that must be used to access the webcam, but many users do not bother to change the default password that their webcams came with. There are also Trojan horse programs that allow hackers to activate a webcam without the user's knowledge.
a) As an extra precaution, cover the lens of your Webcam with an opaque material when it is not in use.
b) If your Webcam has a light that lights up when it is in use and this light turns on when you are not using the Webcam, or if you get an e-mail message, an instant message, a pop-up message, or a voice phone call that indicates that someone is viewing you through your Webcam, immediately disconnect the Webcam.
c) Don't post your webcam URL on the Web.
d) Enabling firewall and updating antivirus programs, ensuring security patches are recent.