A webcam is a video camera that hooks into the computer and allows for video or still images to be instantly seen and downloaded online. Webcams are used in a variety of situations, from monitoring weather and traffic on the highway, to Internet chat, and videoconferencing. Most people are familiar with personal webcams that sit on or near a computer and allow people to see each other while communicating online. They can be used to stay connected with family and friends; children and teens can use them to express themselves through video blogs or make funny videos with friends. Webcams have helped people across the world communicate using live video without leaving their homes or offices.
However, this convenience also brings some security risks. Technological advances have enabled people to activate someone else’s webcam without the user’s knowledge. This can be prevented by unplugging the webcam or putting on the lens cover. Parents and guardians need to be aware of how webcams can be used to exploit children.
What are the risks of using webcams?
What are some tips for safer webcam use?