Software Glitch Endangers Webcam Security

By: Stephen Johnson
By: Stephen Johnson

Rockford (WIFR) -- Strangers could have been watching your every move through your webcam this past week thanks to a major glitch in the computer program Adobe Flash.

The problem was discovered by a Stanford University student earlier this week, and at first, Adobe ignored the issue, a loophole in the software's webcam settings. Adobe has since fixed the problem, but the risk still remains.

Approximately 2.4 million webcams are hacked through virus or other computer problems every year, allowing complete strangers to watch our every move.

"Anti-virus software is always your first line of defense, but it is not perfect..nothing is perfect. Just like putting a lock on your house, people can break in anyway. You have to pay attention. If anything weird happens, you get an email or website where you go to looks wrong, don't click on it”, says owner of Computer Resources, Larry Glusman.

Aside from anti-virus software, it is recommended you either unplug your webcam when not in use or place a piece of paper over the lens to avoid being spied on.

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