GREENSBORO, N.C. – As a Russian website gets worldwide attention for streaming video from thousands of private webcams, a Greensboro expert reminds families to be careful when using technology.
“It’s almost like a peeping Tom. Somebody is looking in on your life and you don’t even realize it,” said Tasha Swann, Information Security Officer for the City of Greensboro. “Hackers can find a way to get in and switch off the activity light on webcams without a trace of you even knowing it was activated.”
Some of the video posted on the site is from webcams supposedly in Greensboro and High Point.
Swann explains, “Don’t use any default passwords that come on the webcam. Also make sure you use a really great password. A complex password, one that is at least eight characters in length containing a mix of symbols. Use upper and lowercase letters.”
She advises to not skip software updates because they include the latest security blocks developed to protect your family against hackers. “Keep your antivirus and firewall programs up to date,” she added.
“Sometimes we actually get a false sense of security by having the webcam because we’re not thinking hackers are going to use us to see those most intimate moments of our lives. It is really unfortunate.”