When it comes to digital privacy and security, many people tend to think that the more high-tech and complicated the solution is, the better. But sometimes it's the simple solutions that work best.
We recently told you that Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of the world's largest social media site, is worried so much about privacy that he uses tape to cover up his webcam. Click here if you would like to read more about it.
FBI Director James Comey revealed earlier this year that he also uses tape to cover his webcam. Now, he's recommending that everyone does it. He recently made the recommendation during a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Comey has been taking some flack after acknowledging his webcam is covered with tape. He previously said tech companies should not develop products that are unhackable to law enforcement. Critics say covering the webcam with tape is hypocritical because he's making it unhackable.
Covering your webcam with tape could help avoid some serious security issues. Remote hackers can use malware dubbed RAT (Remote Access Trojan), to take over your computer completely, turn on your webcam without your knowledge and maliciously spy on you. Hackers could even turn off the webcam indicator light so you won't even know if it has been turned on remotely.
RAT malware could infect your computer via a number of ways. There is the usual "click on this link" method, distributed by email, text messaging and social media sites. With this method, hackers will try and direct you to a website where the malicious software resides and from there, it will download and install to your computer as discreetly as possible.