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Windows 7: enquires about webcam being hacked

31 Aug 2010   #1
shaun166

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
enquires about webcam being hacked

Hi guys,

Recently visited a site that talk about webcam hacking had made me worry about my webcam too..
I got a laptop with a build in webcam by acer.
With Kaspersky internet security 2011
with windows 7 with the latest update.

Is it possible to know if someone is spy on you? as there is no any signal when my webcam is on.

And i using wireless network with WEP key encryption
How to Prevent Your Webcam From Being Hacked | eHow.com
from this article they said wep is outdated? is it true?


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31 Aug 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

No one at this end can give you a definitive answer as to your webcam being used to spy on you, but here is a good article with some actions to take to reduce the chance of spying

Web Cam Spying: Spies may be controlling your web cam - KWGN
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31 Aug 2010   #3
shaun166

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks! They mention about password protect your webcam? any idea how?
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31 Aug 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

The best advice is to call the manufacturer of your webcam. Anything that you buy or download would have to be supported by the company. They can give you the best advice.
I actually have a webcam on my one year old computer and have never used it. I really do not want to have to look my best just to talk to some one.
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31 Aug 2010   #5
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

The easiest way > learn how to take the bezel away from around your screen (usually hidden screws) and just pull the two leads off the webcam connector if you never use the webcam.
Ditto the built-in microphone!

If you go on a flash site such as Youtube, while running a TV/music program, click pause, then right click on your screen within the panel where the music video is showing.

Click on 'settings'
You will get a flash menu that has automatically configured your Webcam/Mic so that ??? can watch/listen (to) you in your home!

Why Webcam/microphone gets auto configured or is even put on there by Adobe, smacks of agency/big brother!
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01 Oct 2012   #6
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I could care less whether someone was spying on me via my webcam, I've got much more important things to worry about.
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01 Oct 2012   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm using a piece of blue masking tap cut into a circle over my webcam (the covers you linked are definitely better but the blue tape was handy. I also removed the webcam software from the startup menu.
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01 Oct 2012   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
I could care less whether someone was spying on me via my webcam, I've got much more important things to worry about.
I'm not worried about it, either, since I've disabled the darned thing.
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01 Oct 2012   #9
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pgeyer13 View Post
Although you have disabled it, you are not 100% safe. A skilled hacker will have the ability to turn it back on without your knowledge. Why not play it safe you know
Why worry about it anyway? If you practice good computing habits and run a quality malware scanner, and you have little to worry about. The OP said he was on a protected network as well. Of all the things to worry about in the computing world, this ranks very low. The only instances that ever seem to pop up are when the IT admins are the ones doing the spying, such as a case local to me where the school's IT staff would snoop on the students using the school provided laptops.

That being said, just cover it. You don't need to order anything online or spend any money. A piece of paper, tape, piece of felt, etc would do the job if you feel the need.
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01 Oct 2012   #10
pricetech

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Uh, clothespin with a pretty colored piece of paper under it ?????

Sometimes, low tech is best.
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