Webcams make it possible for us to chat face to face with friends and family wherever we, or they, may be.
You could be in the next room to the other person or on the other side of the world, but the webcam allows you to talk as if you were face to face.
Now there are some risks attached to webcam use, but by following a few simple steps you can reduce the chances that you'll come to harm.
Hackers are able to gain access to a victim's computers using a piece of malicious software (malware) called a Remote-Access Trojan (Rat) which infects the victim's computer or device with a virus.
He has always been so resistant to letting me in his space. I think when boys become teenagers, they feel a need to make a space their own. He has a rather large room and a love of all sports, so I just let him have at it. He made his room so boyish that it was almost painful for me to go in there…which is exactly what I think he was trying to accomplish. I told him that he would be able to help choose the items and color scheme for his room, and promised him a cool sitting area with where he and his friends could hang out…and he has given me the green light. Then I thought…wouldn’t it be cool to be able to show you different ways to change the look of a teen boy’s room?
He can have friends over to watch the game and they don’t take over our living room. Good thing he already has a TV in the waiting to replace this one! I’m actually cool with that since I know that there will still be basketball shooting and boys are just clumsy. So, we will be upgrading the ceiling fan to a more masculine model.
A recent study by Microsoft and The Internet Watch Foundation discovered that much of the “self generated” explicit material depicting children is being produced using a webcam.
There have been many incidents lately of people coercing kids to allow them to use the webcam to see images and even live video of them.
If you receive an email from a stranger, think before clicking on a link or an attachment.
The risk of having your webcam hacked is also higher if you don't have up-to-date anti-virus software on your computer and other software is not kept up-to-date.