Furthermore, you can take advantage of plugins in browsers like Google Chrome that disable scripts you don't want and keep you informed of your computer's interactions with the websites you visit. If you don't find yourself video-chatting too often, it might be a step worth taking.
But if you're really concerned about privacy, a multi-pronged defense is the best course of action.
But more troublingly, he had also planted the spyware on the systems of strangers across the country, proving that proximity isn't required to infiltrate someone's system.
Unfortunately, your paranoia is justified, since it is, in fact, possible for the internet's n'er-do-wells to secretly seize power of your computer's forward-facing camera.
Webcam spying came to headline news earlier this year when news broke of a "sextortion" situation in which Miss Teen USA was surreptitiously photographed by a remotely-hacked webcam.
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But it's not just predators and extortionists who take advantage of these loopholes.