Updated August 2019
The first webcam ever created was at Cambridge University to help researchers feed their coffee habit. Seriously! In 1991, engineers pointed the first webcam at the coffee pot in the Computer Science Department. Then, anyone in the office could log in and see if fresh coffee was available. This way, they didn’t have to waste any time walking to the break room if there wasn’t coffee waiting.
Today, webcams are far more useful. In fact, you can find them on almost every laptop, tablet and phone. The tiny cameras allow you to capture video, or talk face to face with someone on the other side of the world. Unfortunately, the ability to record sound and video also makes them a tempting target.
If a hacker infects your PC with a virus, they might be able to turn your webcam on and off without your knowledge. They can even disable the green recording light so you’ll have no idea whether it’s recording. Once they activate the camera, they’ll be able to see and hear everything in the webcam’s field of vision. The exploit is so common that it has it’s own name: camfecting.
Webcam Covers Offer Security
If webcams are such a security risk, how can you keep you and your family safe? Chances are your laptop and tablet have their camera’s built in so removing them isn’t an option. The best line of defense against would-be eavesdroppers is to cover your webcam.
When we say cover your webcam, we’re not talking about DIY solutions! Tape and post it notes lose their stickiness overtime, meaning you risk exposure. Once they fall off, you’re unprotected until you remember to replace the tape. In addition to being insecure, tape looks unprofessional.
The smarter solution is to use a webcam cover, like those available at ePromos.
Made from durable plastic, our custom webcam covers offer privacy from prying eyes. They also make great marketing tools, since you can add a custom logo to the cover that sits above your client’s screen. A small cover slides over the camera, an intuitive design that also keeps the lens protected from dust and scratches.
If you’re looking for a promotional item for your next event, webcam covers are a smart choice. Build brand loyalty by showing you care about security. In addition, your logo will be prominently featured whenever they use their PC. New to the mix? Custom shaped webcam covers.
Add value to your gift by including other security best practices:
Set strong passwords. This is one of the best ways to protect your information online. Creating strong passwords can take some time, but it’s always worth it. After all, if you protect your devices, you protect the webcam too. Most external webcams have the option of requiring a password to function. Use this and set a strong password that is unique to the webcam.
Don’t click on links. Unless you’re expecting someone to send you a link, never click on them. One common hack occurs on facebook, where computers become infected after a user clicks on a controversial headline.
Don’t Agree To Install Unknown Software. If you do click on a link, or you get a popup asking you to install software, don’t. A virus might pretend to be a warning from an antivirus program telling you to install a “cleaner.” Another popular tactic is someone shares what looks like a file that asks you to install a new program to read it.
Install anti-virus software. A good start to protecting a computer is to install a first line of defense: anti-virus software. Think of this software as a security system for your business or your family.
Update software and firmware. Updates are important because they include fixes. Most hackers rely on outdated software as a way to access your webcam. These exploits become harder when you keep everything up to date.
Call the experts. If you think someone hacked your webcam, speak with an expert. A professional can scan your system and deal with any viruses they find.
Turn it off! Not even the best hacker in the world can see into your life if you power down your devices when they are not in use.
Don’t forget your mobile devices! Your cellphone and tablet have cameras too. Follow the same safety tips on these devices as you do on your regular PC.
In today’s digital world, security is something that everyone should care about. Webcam covers give clients, employees, and prospects a simple way to keep their personal information safe.
Keep your customers loyal by providing them with a safe, secure and private online presence, call ePromos at 877-377-6667.