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Old 11-02-2011, 11:49 AM   #1
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I bought a new external webcam to connect with my pc. I heard stories of hackers to hack webcams :P How can I prevent it hackers from hacking down my webcam?
I won't plug it when not using, but what if it gets hacked and recorded when I'm using?

I sue Avast! Free Antivirus.

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If a true hacker wants in, they'll get in. Avast is as good as any free app but it's become quite bloated. I use MS Security Essentials. Small footprint, free and has been effective for me and my customers.

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Mainly depends on how the PC is connected to the internet. If it's via router, you are fairly safe...depending on your definition of hacking. Aside from that, run a firewall or use the one that Windows has it built in.
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Mainly depends on how the PC is connected to the internet. If it's via router, you are fairly safe...depending on your definition of hacking. Aside from that, run a firewall or use the one that Windows has it built in.
i don't know much about routers, i use wired Ethernet connection which has a modem.
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The modem is a given. There will always be a modem.

Is the ethernet cable connected directly to the modem, or into another piece of hardware?

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