KNOWLEDGE & LEARNING BETA
5 February 2014 Last updated at 16:00
Webcam safety with Jacqueline Jossa
Jacqueline Jossa’s guide to webcam safety:
Now there are some risks attached to webcam use, but by following a few simple steps you can reduce the chances that you’ll come to harm.
What is ‘Ratting’?
Hackers are able to gain access to a victim’s computers using a piece of malicious software (malware) called a Remote-Access Trojan (Rat) which infects the victim’s computer or device with a virus. These are sometimes referred to more generally as remote access tools.
Many of these ‘Rats’ now include a function allowing a hacker to access the victim’s webcam without their knowledge.
How secure is your webcam?
The risk of having your webcam hacked is also higher if you don’t have up-to-date anti-virus software on your computer and other software is not kept up-to-date. So make sure you have the latest versions of security software on all your devices including tablets and smartphones.
Where is your webcam?
It is important to avoid putting webcams in private areas such as bedrooms. When webcams are not in use don’t forget to unplug them, cover the lens or point it at a blank wall.
Making friends online
Think before you cam
More common-sense tips can be found in the Childnet video and webcam chat guides
Also consider whether there’s a chance that they could be recording what you are saying or doing – you might not want them to post a video of your chat on a social network or share it using their mobile phone.
Remember, once it is out there you may never be able to delete all copies of it. It is against the law for someone to intrude on your privacy in this way and offenders can be prosecuted under the Computer Misuse Act.