Update software and anti-virus/anti-malware on a regular basis
New computer viruses crop up daily. Update your computer as soon as you see a software update notification. In addition, schedule your antivirus/anti-malware program to run on a regular basis. Cover your bases.
Disconnect camera when not in use
If you have a USB webcam, disconnect it from your computer when not in use. This ensures that your camera cannot be compromised. It has no power source or internet connection. Similarly, for laptop users, close your laptop when you are not using it. Never leave your laptop open in your room or private setting.
Cover your webcam
Many current devices include built in webcams. These cameras offer flexibility, but many people do not consider the potential security risks. These days technology tools enable hackers to access these cameras putting you and your family’s privacy at risk. A simple fix is to cover the webcam.
Why did you start PeepShield.com?
I was inspired to create my product Peep Shield after hearing the story of Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf. She was the victim of sexstortion when the webcam on her laptop was compromised by a 19 year old hacker, who sent her malware that allowed him access to her computer. When he was caught, he had access to 150 other women’s webcams. As a mother of two, I immediately started to think about how to protect my children from being a victim of this invasive crime. I came up with Peep Shield, which is a static cling vinyl webcam cover that is re-positionable. I made them into fun shapes and colors so that it is easy to remove and remember to replace when you are finished using your webcam.