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Whether you are connecting with a family member or joining a work related meeting, understanding cybersecurity risks can help you keep your computer microphone and camera secure, allowing them to be safe and useful tools.

Cybercriminals can infiltrate your devices by tricking you into downloading malware, enabling them to access your camera and microphone without you realizing it.

To protect yourself, do not download any software you haven’t vetted. Examine the email address in all correspondence and scrutinize website URLs. Scammers often mimic a legitimate site or email address by using a slight variation in spelling. An email may look like it came from a legitimate company, but the actual email address is suspicious.

Do not click links or open attachments in unsolicited emails unless you are expecting a file and have verified the sender’s email address.

Before using your computer’s camera or microphone, be sure to read and follow the cybersecurity best practices guides published for them. Taking appropriate action will help ensure you secure your connections.

Cover It Up

If you have an external webcam, unplug it when not in use. If you have an integrated webcam, covering it with a piece of frosted tape or a sticky tab will do the trick, though you run the risk of leaving a bit of sticky residue on the lens. You may also purchase inexpensive but effective sliding webcam covers.

Lock It Down

It’s always a good idea to have anti-malware software. A robust security suite includes tools like antivirus, anti-spyware, and a firewall, among other things. GRM Networks offers Tech Home Protect, a managed solutions technology that helps protect your network devices.

You should also keep your software up-to-date and use strong passwords on your computer and wireless router to ensure top-notch security. Avoid using the factory setting password when possible.

Be Wary

Be diligent. Remember, when you get an email or text from an unknown sender, don’t click on unfamiliar links or attachments. Even if you think you’re downloading one thing, it can come with a hidden payload that is actually installing malware on your device. If you think you may have fallen victim to a scam or data breach, contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at ic3.gov.

Cybersecurity may seem scary, but as with anything, it’s all about staying alert and informed. If you have any questions about keeping your internet connection from GRM Networks secure, please contact our 24-hour helpline at 800-721-2577.