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Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 14th 2009, 11:41 PM

I heard theres a way for people to look at other people on webcam without that person knowing or something.

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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 14th 2009, 11:44 PM

People can't see you unless you initiate it, so no they can't look at you without knowing. Obviously you could be print screened and the picture could be sent to others, but no one can see the live stream without you knowing.

If you're that worried then you could always disconnect/turn off/cover the webcam when you're not using it
   
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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 15th 2009, 12:01 AM

Like Stephanie said, nobody can use your webcam without your knowledge. There are some programs that will turn on your webcam without asking for the program to use, but that isn't sent to the internet at all for other people to see.


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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 15th 2009, 12:02 AM

They shouldn't be able to but if you have something like yahoo theres an option that you can turn on or off that they can veiw your cam without asking but that's only if you allow it.


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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 15th 2009, 12:10 AM

My webcam has a little shutter I can open and close. So maybe if you are worried about something like that, that would be useful. Even though it really isn’t possible, it is still nice to know, no matter what, they can’t see anything.




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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 15th 2009, 12:14 AM

Are you on Stickam or like where do you have your webcam at?


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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 15th 2009, 01:07 AM

There should be a light that indicates if anyone is viewing your webcam/if you have it on. =] That always helps to ease my mind. If you're concerned, though, why not put a sticky note over it? ;p



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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 15th 2009, 06:44 AM

I was pretty sure they could, I mean, If people can control your desktop remotely, I assumed devices could be turned on...I always disconnect mine after every use o-o;
   
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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 15th 2009, 07:22 AM

I heard this too, so I never leave mine plugged in.
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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 15th 2009, 09:29 AM

Mines is built in so i cannot disconnect, but as people have said cover the lens if your worried. Also, at a time when you think it may be on, try opening your systray (control, alt, delete > task manager > applications). If your webcam was on, it would show up there.

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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 15th 2009, 10:39 PM

i dont think they can but as said above cover it if you are worried...also, dont get dressed in front of it :P



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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 16th 2009, 01:02 AM

Mine's built in as well and the light comes on when it's on, but even so, I still always double check all the time to see if it's on.




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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 16th 2009, 01:47 AM

With my plug in webcam, I would just un-plug it. With my built-in webcam, I'd just fold it shut.

I do admit that I was sketching out for the first few months when I got my first webcam... Having the thought of someone watching me while I sleep. ahaha
   
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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 16th 2009, 03:23 AM

Try not to feel too bad about being paranoid by that. I am always paranoid that the webcam is on.. I always unplug it (if it's a plug in) and hide it.. or turn it around (if it's a built in) or in other ways cover it.

But no, to my knowledge (as has been said) no one can see your webcam unless you turn it on, yourself.


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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 16th 2009, 04:45 AM

I worry about this to. But I don't even have a web cam. And am aware that makes no sense.
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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 16th 2009, 05:21 AM

I believe that if your computer were infected with the right type of virus or had some type of malicious program installed, it could be controlled remotely.

My advice: Put some tape or a sticky note over it. Or unplug it if that's a possibility. The chances of someone using it without your knowledge are incredibly low, but if it makes you feel better, go ahead and cover/disconnect it.


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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 17th 2009, 06:23 PM

It is definitely possible for someone to control your webcam remotely. I'm not sure how big of a chance there is for that to happen, however, but you should be careful. Like others have said, if it's a plug-in, unplug it; and if it's built in, put a piece of paper or tape over it (so even if it was turned on, the viewer wouldn't be able to see anything but solid color).


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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 17th 2009, 06:34 PM

Whether they can or not, I do not know but I agree with others on covering it/turning it away/unplugging it. I get paranoid that people might be able to see me without me knowing it so I always have my cam facing down and away from me so if it was on they'd just see the wall and not me.
   
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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 17th 2009, 07:19 PM

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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 17th 2009, 07:31 PM

You will know if someone if watching you as your webcam will show in the conversation,you have to accept this to make it on or off
I always turn mine round away from me unless i want in on bad habbit
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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 17th 2009, 09:13 PM

This was on Criminal Minds. The killer worked for a computer company and when people rang up with a problem he would get info off them and fix there computer remotely. He then kept that info and watched them through webcam and when they committed a sin he went and killed them...

That was enough to make me paraniod about my cam. I always unplug mine when not in use.
   
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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 17th 2009, 09:49 PM

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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 19th 2009, 02:25 PM

Alot of cams have a built in shutter though, or a LED that turns on when there's a signal being sent from the cam, mine for example has a bright green LED whenever it's on.
It is possible, normally via Remote Access Trojans, but these are easily caught by anti-viral programs and can easily be prevented by vigilance on the user's part.




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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 19th 2009, 02:58 PM

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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 19th 2009, 03:39 PM

I wouldn't be surprised if there's actually a way for someone else to turn your webcam on, but I think that if it IS possible...you gotta really know your shit.

If you're really concerned, I'd point the webcam in a different direction. Sometimes, I point my webcam up at the ceiling -- but that's rare. I wouldn't worry too much about it. If your webcam has some kind of indication that the webcam is turned on, just check at it every once in a while if you want to make sure that you're not being watched. If your webcam IS turned on and you're confident that someone is on your computer, I'd unplug your webcam, or at least point it up at the ceiling.

And...if you have any pictures or anything that you don't want anyone to see on your computer, I'd suggest you delete them entirely off your computer.

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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 19th 2009, 05:30 PM

Unless you have some specialist software or malicious software installed on your computer, it's not possible for a third-party to access your webcam.
There is specialist software available that can allow you to access your computer from anywhere and locate it - kinda like fitting your computer with LoJack. I recently came across an article where a mans laptop had been stolen but he had this software installed on it, so he logged in remotely, got the IP address and used the camera to take a photo of the person using it and took it to the police. He got his laptop back.

I'm not aware of any major viruses that accesses a webcam - it would be difficult to program given how much variation there is between webcams and how they communicate to the computer. Plus, a webcam wouldn't be very useful - they'd rather create programs to hijack your computer.

So as long as you keep an update anti-virus program, don't go on any unsafe sites and trust other people who use the computer, you're fine. McAfee SiteAdvisor is a nice little browser plugin that warns you if a site you're on, or sites in google search results, are unsafe.

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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 19th 2009, 10:58 PM

I don't think you should worry...

If I were a criminal, and I had complete control of someone's computer, then I'd be interested in credit card numbers, accounts, and stuff like that. Free boobs would be the last thing on my mind.
   
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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 20th 2009, 02:16 AM

I'd still say keep it covered.
   
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Re: Am I being paranoid or can other people look at me on webcam without me knowing? - May 21st 2009, 10:18 PM

Yes it is possible. It's also quite easy. Me and my friend were wondering if it was possible, and with his IP address we wrote some software, disguised it behind a song and sent it to him. I was able to control his webcam, and make the light on it flash.

If it's possible to make them flash, it should be possible to turn the lights off.

I would reccomend the following precautions:

- Turn your webcam to 'hidden' on MSN etc. So people can't see you have one.
- Regularly virus scan your computer using software such as AVG and Spybot (both free)
- Cover the webcam lens (Using some tape, or bluetac etc.)
- Unplug it when not in use.

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