Webcam Scam

By: Amanda Brown

Updated: 2/20/2013 10:29 pm

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Webcam Scam

While you’re filing your taxes online, there's something else you need to watch out for. It's a relatively new danger to computer users: "Webcam Predators".

Predators may be spying on you and your kids through your computer's webcam. Authorities said criminals are now able to hack-in and watch your every move without you ever knowing it. When you walk away from the computer and leave it on, the criminals can access your webcam remotely, watching your most intimate moments from the kitchen to the privacy of your own bedroom. The worst part is, you'd never even know and families are easy targets. One criminal is serving a six year prison sentence after he was caught spying on more than 200 women through their webcams.

To protect yourself:
- Leave your laptop closed when you're not using it.
- You can also put a piece of tape across the webcam lens.
- Don't open any emails from people you don't know. That includes clicking on those Facebook postings that say things like "watch this incredible video!" Those random links are how the hackers gain access.
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