Professionals say cyber-criminals have the ability to hack into your webcam and see what you doing from anywhere in the world.
“When a cyber criminal takes over your computer, they’ll take that webcam and they’ll actually sell them to people on online forums,” said Brandon Keath from Appalachia Technologies.
Some of the footage can be sold on the black market.
“It can be really sickening to think there are criminals out there selling these webcams of potential minors to each other and part of the reason why I do what I do is to fight against those threats every day,” said Keath.
There are different ways of protecting your webcam from cyber-criminals. Webcam covers cost as little as 50 cents. You can also use electrical tape but can leave a sticky residue on the camera lens.
“By getting one of these covers you can ensure that no one is watching you through your camera,” said Keath.