As video calling with applications such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams has increased over the last few months, there has also been an increase in cyber crime targeting people’s webcams.

Sophisticated viruses and malware can infect your computer and allow cyber criminals to activate your webcam without your knowledge. They can then use it to spy or record what you are doing, even when you are not at your desk. They can switch on your webcam remotely and watch or record what’s happening. This can even be done when you think your computer is on standby or in hibernation.

Computers and laptops are not the only vulnerable devices. Smartphones and tablets can also be compromised like this. In fact, any electronic device with a camera and an internet connection could be vulnerable!

This type of cyber attack is often used for extortion scams against an individual or a business, with the criminal being able to see and eavesdrop on confidential or personal information.

So, what can you do to counter this? As well as making sure you have good antivirus software and a firewall installed, it is worth investing in a webcam cover. This is a small sticker or plastic cover that you put over the webcam lens to physically block its view when not in use. If your business operates in an industry such as financial, medical or legal, that is targeted regularly by cyber criminals then this a good practice to get into.

Plus as always, our recommendation is to update your software regularly and download the latest security updates to make your computer and your IT systems harder to hack into.  Read our tips on how to make your business safer online here.

And if you are struggling with finding a webcam cover, we have some branded Greystone ones that we are happy to send out for free. Drop us a line and let us know if you would like one at info@greystone.co.uk

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