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Is your webcam open to peeping Toms?

You close your doors and window curtains to keep snoops and peeping Toms out of your home. Unfortunately, any halfway dedicated sneak with a little technology can get past your doors and curtains to see everything going on in your house.

No, we're not talking about X-ray vision, thermal cameras or millimeter wave scanners. It's something a lot less expensive, and the peeper doesn't even have to buy it; it's already in your home.

We are, of course, talking about your computer's webcam. There have been plenty of news stories over the years about pervert hackers spying on women and even kids in their bedrooms. Sometimes the creeps just watch and other times they use what they see to blackmail their victims.

We can already hear you saying, "But I put a piece of tape over my computer's webcam when I'm not using it, so I don't have to worry, right?" While we do recommend the tape (or sticky note) tactic, it only solves the problem when you aren't using the camera.

Plus, your webcam might not be the only camera in your house. You might have an internet-enabled security camera, or smartphone or tablet. Let's take a look at how you can keep creeps off your cameras and out of your private moments.

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