We can get online, learn about everything that is out there, and get into chat rooms where we can meet people who have similar interests to those that we have.
Others have threatened to post the footage to porn sites or You Tube.
In another type of webcam-based scam, malware installed on your computer can be used to operate your built-in webcam, recording images of you without your knowledge. Stay Smart Online offers a guide to safe social networking, as well as some useful insights into real life scams - online dating.
This malware is known as a Remote Access Trojan or RAT and can remotely activate your webcam, at the same time, disabling your camera indicator light. The information provided here is of a general nature. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.
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What you may believe to be a highly intimate and private moment may in fact be watched by a room full of strangers.