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How To Secure Your Webcam From Hackers

In this digital error where everything from meetings, classes, heck even government proceedings for a while moved online, it is more crucial than ever to not only own a webcam or video conferencing equipment in Kenya, which you can purchase from Compland, but it’s also important to learn how to ensure you’re not hacked. So here are a few tips that should come in handy and keep you safe.

Make sure your software is up to date

This helps safeguard vulnerabilities in your software that could allow hackers access to your device.

Updating your software is pretty easy on Mac and PC devices, and iOS and Android. Here’s an example of how to update — in this case, for PC. 

How to update software on a PC

  1. Click Start, navigate to Settings and click Update & Security.
  2. Click Windows Update, then turn on auto Windows Update.

Use a firewall to lock down your network

A firewall is a network security system that provides a wall of defense by monitoring traffic to and from your network.

Most computers come with an inbuilt firewall, you do however need to turn it on. If you’ve never enabled your firewall, it’s a good idea to do it now.

How to turn on your firewall on a PC

Do you use a PC? Microsoft has instructions to turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off. Here’s how:

  1. Select the Start button.
  2. Select Settings, then Update & Security, then Windows Security, then Firewall and network protection.
  3. Choose a network profile.
  4. Under Windows Defender Firewall, switch the setting to On or Off.

Secure your Wi-Fi

If you’ve watched enough action movies, then you know this is one of the easiest loopholes hackers use. Hackers may target your home wireless router to gain access to your network. That means they might access things like your emails, social media or bank accounts that you’re logged into and webcam. One thing though, in the movies they never actually tell you how to secure your WIFI, so let’s get into that briefly. 

  1. Create a name and password for your router in Security Settings, then select a type of encryption (more about this in No. 2 below). 

Tip: Avoid naming your router something that can easily be associated with you, such as your name or address. Also, make sure you create a complex password such as one using a random string of letters, numerals, and special characters.

  1. Choose the most secure and recent form of encryption available. That’s probably Wi-Fi Protected Access 2, also known as WPA2.
  2. Be sure to save the updated information when prompted.

Be wary of clicking random links

Cybercriminals can gain control over your device including your webcam by tricking you into installing malware.

One of the most common ways that hackers trick you to gain access to your device is hiding suspicious malware in a link, file or email. Never click on suspicious links in emails or download files from people you don’t know. 

What’s a smart defense? Only download attachments and click on links in emails from people that you trust. Even then, if something looks suspicious, call or text them to find out if it’s legitimate. You can also search a website link to see how safe it is.

Physically cover up the camera

If your camera has an indicator light, and it goes on and you didn’t do it, it’s a likely sign your webcam has been hacked. And if the indicator light doesn’t go on? Keep in mind that hackers can sometimes disable the light.

There is no way to bypass a covering placed over the lens itself, no matter how sophisticated the hacker’s malware might be. You can either use tape or a sticker, alternatively, you can also purchase covers online that are designed to attach to your webcam.

Turn off your computer when not in use

According to Kopacko, Malware can’t turn a computer on when it’s physically off. So, turn off your computer when you’re done using it instead of letting it go into sleep mode.

We hope these tips will help safeguard your video conference equipment or webcam from hackers. If you are looking to buy video conference equipment in Kenya, Compland Shop is the leading video conference equipment retailer in Nairobi, Kenya. Buy Logitech, Polycom and more at affordable rates. 

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