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Webcam Spying - A Modern Spying Technique

With the advancement of technologies in the modern days, privacy has become an issue among the users of internet and webcams. A webcam is a device which can capture video and it is connected to a computer through USB port or through Ethernet or Wi-Fi if connected to a network of computers. The popular usage of these webcams is for video chatting, which helps people to communicate with one other in a lively manner.

Besides from these direct usages, sometimes these webcams are also used as spying device, which means that these webcams are used for the act of detecting something or catching sight of something. Mostly areas which need more security use these spy-cams and some industries which want to watch out the activities going around also use the webcams as spy-cams. Webcams are also known for their usage in the form of security cameras. There are softwares available in the market that allows PC-connected cameras to spy over the movement and sound, detect them and record them. These recorded videos can be saved as a data of evidence.

In some schools laptops are issued to their students which have webcams in it. There are popular issues, raised by parents in Pennsylvania, about a school officials who allegedly been remotely accessing the laptop given to a student in order to take webcam photos of the students at home. Though there is no evidence, it is a serious issue to be considered. In some cases the police department uses the webcams as a spying device. There is also a threat about the hackers who can spy on others system through the webcam.

Privacy is often disturbed by Trojan horse programs, which are the programs that allow malicious hackers to activate the webcam without the owner's knowledge. Using proper spyware and malware avoids the intrusion of hackers and keeps the system secured.

dBal
Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:10:14 +0000

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