Does anyone else worry about built in webcams?
You should be.
There is a hacking framework called metasploit. It’s the toolset that makes breaking into computers a very easy task. Once someone with this toolset has broken into your computer, they can do pretty much anything they want with it.
One of the basic pieces of functionality this framework provides once a computer is cracked is to take a picture with the webcam. It’s one of the first things everyone does IME.
Obviously nobody is interested in watching a fat mountain biker, they’re always hoping to get a young lady who for some inexplicable reason, uses her computer in the nuddy.Posted 6 years agomidlifecrashesSubscriber
No need to worry, would never happen, etcPosted 6 years agoCountZeroMember
Please, get over yourself. Why would anyone be interested in what you’re doing in front of your computer? If they’re going to install hacking ‘ware then all they’ll want is passwords so they’ll install a key logger. Nobody’s going to hack my webcam anyway, so it’s not something that bothers me in the slightest.Posted 6 years agosimonralli2Member
It’s the government who are going to be spying on you via every single gadget in your house : )Posted 6 years agowillardMember
Webcams are not really the issue, primarily because of the green light that comes on when they are active. There might be a way to get round that, but I am pretty sure that it would require hardware interaction rather than software.
From a data gathering point of view, you should be more worried about audio. Ok, so it’s less visual (obviously), but you would leak a lot of information in a business context that just taking a photo of the target. Combine that with a spear phishing attack on a specific company, add in a lot of people to translate the take into whatever language you use and you could get a lot of nice information.
Remember, it’s only paranoia if you don’t _know_ they are all out to get you.Posted 6 years agoCougarSubscriber
You’ve not really got the hang of this ‘discussion’ concept, have you?
If you’re going to make a sweeping statement as to what we “all” should do, you’re going to explain why you think that or it’s meaningless. I might as well say, “well, you should all paint your elbows green.” Why? “Why not?”Posted 6 years ago
Then let me elaborate. As the late Patrick McGoohan said in the Prisoner “I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, briefed, debriefed or numbered!” he also said “I will not make any deals with you, my life is my own.” Nor will I be prodded by pop-ups or have my web-browsing habits used to bombard me with adverts from companies that I have no intention of doing business with, my shopping habits are my own affair as well, I won’t have shoddy little shops trying to get me to buy that which I wouldn’t otherwise buy with Their miserable loyalty cards. It’s my attitude to life. One that you may understand and sympathise with, or not. That is your choice. But I beleive that you either have privacy or you don’t. And I choose not to have other people knowing my business.Posted 6 years ago
I think you’re getting ideas conflated a little bit there.
I do not feel that the possibility that someone can find out where I live or what I bought at Tesco inhibits my freedom in any way. My life is numbered by people who need to index me such as banks, and yours is too. But I just don’t care. It’s no different to me storing someone’s phone number. Just because my bank assigned me an account number doesn’t mean that they are pushing me around or making me do what they want.
You might value privacy highly, that’s fine, but don’t make yourself out to be some kind of freedom warrior, that’s just egotistical romantic bolx.
As for the web browsing adverts – how else do you think these sites are paid for?Posted 6 years agoCougarSubscriber
That is your choice
Yes it is, and it’s the point I was sticking on. That’s a complete u-turn from your earlier post where you were insistent we all have “as little to do with it as possible.”
I think informed choice is good. I think it’s important to know what people are doing with your information (which isn’t really the same as surveillance, but let’s roll with it for now) of course, but what you are and aren’t comfortable with is personal choice.
And personally, I couldn’t give a stuff if Tesco know that I bought a loaf of bread and four pints of milk last week. They pay me fairly handsomely for this information, everyone’s a winner.
As for targeted advertising; again, if I’m going to see adverts then surely it’s preferable that it’s something I might be interested in? Is it not better to get point-of-sale discount coupons for stuff I’d be buying anyway?
Frankly, I’ve more important things to be worrying about than spending every waking moment trying impotently to ‘stick it to the man’ by disabling web browser cookies.Posted 6 years ago
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