We've all heard scary stories about unsuspecting people opening an e-mail attachment that installs webcam spyware on their computer. A hacker then logs into their computer and watches them through their webcam. Is this stuff for real or is it just Internet urban legend. Unfortunately, this happens a lot more than you might think it would. Anti-virus software may not detect this type of software because it is technically not a virus. Anti-spyware apps might fail to spot it as well.
I've heard mixed reports that it may be possible for some webcam's activity lights to be disabled so you might not even know the camera is on and someone is watching you. If you're starting to get paranoid, please raise your hand.
So how can you make sure that no one can spy on you via your webcam? Well I have a very low-tech solution that anyone can do in a matter of seconds to give themselves some peace of mind that no one can watch them unless they want them to. Just take some black electrical tape, cut a little square and place it over the web cam lens. That's it. You're done, and no hacker can defeat this.
If you're worried about the tape's adhesive gunking up your lens, cut a little longer piece of tape and fold one end back on itself so that no sticky part touches the lens. I'm sure many of you can come up with much more creative solutions. Feel free to share them in the comments section.