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Overview

There are a number of despicable cyber-attacks that use our webcams against us in order to extort and blackmail us, such as sextortion attacks. If you keep webcam integrated devices like a laptop in areas of the house where you might undress or have sex for example, then you may want to consider a webcam cover which will physically block any remote recording.

Time required: 5mins

Difficulty: Easy

Software/hardware costs: £5

HOW-TO VIDEO TUTORIAL

Follow the instructions in the video below step by step. If you prefer written instructions, these can be found below.

Things to do

  • 1. Install webcam covers.

  • 2. Disable RAT (Remote Access Tech).

DETAILED HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS

How-To Instructions

ONE. Install webcam covers.

a. Needed for your PCs, laptops and any standalone webcams you have.

  • Buy the Steagle webcam cover (£7.99) for each device that requires one. Cheaper options are available (see Amazon.co.uk) but this one is stylish and super thin so you can still close your laptop lid OK.

TWO. Disable RAT (Remote Access Tech).

a. The in-built RAT feature of windows devices is inherently vulnerable and can be used to take over remote control of your device (and then used to record you).

You need to disable it altogether as most people never need it and if you ever do need it, you can enable it again quite easily.

  • Windows: Start > Control Panel > Remote Settings > deselect Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer and select Don’t allow connections to this computer. Click Ok. Done!

Mac users don't need to worry about this RAT step!

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