The answer centers on whether it’s safe to remove the tape.
But is it rational to be worried about this? If you’re an average person, not a famous actor or influential politician, do you really need to be worried? Short answer: yes.
In a 2013 interview with BBC, a hacker reported that he could gain access to a webcam for the price of $1, and that he now had access to about 500 different computers. According to Tod Beardsley, the research director of Rapid7, there are occasional bugs that allow a hacker to access the camera and record video. One of the most common ways this is achieved is when we enable location services; often, clicking the button that enables this feature also makes our devices vulnerable to these kinds of attacks.
Unfortunately, the only way to prevent this is to use a piece of tape.
But just because they can’t see you, doesn’t mean they can’t hear you. A piece of tape doesn’t block the microphone enough to prevent someone from recording conversations.
So, while using a piece of tape does prevent all too common webcam attacks, it prevents just a small percentage of all potential attacks. You can find out more about cybersecurity in the video below:
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