Some of what I appreciated about the redux version included all the references to Edward Snowden, the government conspiracies as they relate to today’s intricate and ubiquitous technology, and the privacy issues. In one of the new episodes I particularly enjoyed catching Mulder working on his laptop while fiddling with what looked like a piece of worn duct tape over the laptop’s webcam. YES! This cracked me up! Because, wait for it, I DID THIS TOO. The only difference is, I just have a piece of cardboard taped over my webcam.
Webcam Hacking is Real
Keep I mind, I don’t usually have my laptop open, so the fear of webcam invasion is relatively minor. That said, one day when I did leave my laptop open while it was slogging through some updates, I heard what I thought was a camera click – the same kind that’s made when I take a picture with my laptop’s camera app. I checked to see if the camera app was somehow left running and it wasn’t. Then, even when I wasn’t thinking about it, I started hearing that camera click sound at different and inconsistent times while using my computer. I already knew that it was possible for someone to hack your webcam; even when it’s off, so I covered up that bugger pronto.
While doing some research on webcam hacking I came across so many reports of this happening to unsuspecting victims. Yeah. It’s a real thing and apparently, it’s easy. Here’s a link to an earlier DCT article: Security Tip: Turn Your Webcam OFF When Not In Use, which, by the way, ends with the wonderfully cheap idea of just covering up your webcam if you’re worried.
Hey, am I just being paranoid here? Oh HELL NO. If Fox Mulder is doing it, I’m fine with it. Just call me Careful. How about you? Are you getting the duct tape out yet?