October 11, 2019 by freemexy
How to tell if your laptop camera has been hacked
How to tell if your webcam is hacked
Step 1: Check the indicator light
Step 2: Check browser extensions
Step 3: Check apps
How to tell if the webcam has been hacked
Since you may have a lot of them on your computer, the process might be time-consuming. Try using the Process Explorer tool for Windows. On macOS, go to Terminal and enter specific commands. You can find a tutorial here.
If your webcam light turns on a few seconds after you reboot your computer, without launching any applications - you might've been hacked. If this is what's happening, move on to the next step.
Step 4: See if your webcam process is running
Step 5: Try running the webcam
Step 7: Run a malware scan
How to avoid computer camera spying
All you need to do is some homework:
#1: Enable firewall
To access firewall settings on Windows, go to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Defender Firewall > Turn Windows Firewall On or Off.
On macOS, head to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall.
#2: Use a reliable antivirus
#3: Don't fall into a phishing trap
Another way to lure victims into downloading RAT software is through phishing emails that hide spoofed URLs and malicious files. Treat emails from unknown senders with caution and don't click on suspicious links or download fishy attachments.
#4: Stay secure on public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi networks are extremely vulnerable to hacking. Cybercriminals often target people at free hotspots and try to slip malware into their devices. Always use a VPN to secure your Wi-Fi connection and protect yourself from unwanted snoopers.