Don’t Let Hackers Use Your Webcam!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Get a C-Slide Webcam cover to put on your computer so hackers can’t use it to watch you.

Promo picture of a C-slide webcam cover.There have been several reports in the news over the last few years about people finding out that someone had been using their webcam to spy on them.

With desktop computers that wasn’t much of an issue because the computer didn’t come with a camera already installed (usually) and if you did have a camera it was mostly focused on the area right in front of the desk. Which meant that if anyone did use it they probably didn’t see much.

On laptops and tablets (and other portable computers) there is more of a problem.

After all some folks even carry the computer into the bathroom with them. Or use them in the bedroom.

You might have your computer in the bedroom finishing up something while you are getting ready to go out at night…and if the camera is on folks could watch you change clothes and do your make-up (and yell at the dog for getting in the way).

There have been a few instances of people using webcams to see what their significant others were up to.  Most of those relationships didn’t last.

If you want to make sure no one can spy on you with your OWN webcam…then you have to cover it up. I was using a folded piece of paper myself but it kept blowing off. So this webcam cover is really nice to have.

C-slide webcam cover in white.I put mine on my laptop as soon as I got it. It fits right over the camera and you can slide the cover open or closed.

C-slide camera cover on my laptop.The back is sticky and you just stick it on there.  My laptop is black so the one I have is black. You can get them in other colors (white and silver at least). And they even have a version that has a mirror on it!

These fit on other things besides computers too.  They fit on the Kinect, PS4, Smart Phones, and tablets/ipads.

You can get them shipped to you free in the U.S.A otherwise they ship using USPS Priority Mail and they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee: If you are unhappy with your purchase they will send you another unit or a full refund.

You can purchase on C-Slide, Ebay, Open Sky, Etsy, and Amazon.

For more information visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Secunia PSI Keeps Your Software Updated

Secunia PSI Keeps Your Software Updated

Secunia LogoSecunia Personal Software Inspector is a wonderful security program for your computer. I did a review of the older version a while back. The older version still works just fine and you can keep using it if you already have it and don’t want to update.

The newer version –PSI 3.0 is even simpler to use and works faster. It was easy to install as well. I just downloaded the installer and it uninstalled the old and installed the new…easy!

What this program does is make a list of all the programs on your computer and every so often it does a check to see if the version you have is the latest version. If not it will either automatically update(if you set it to) or tell you that your program needs updating.

I love this program. It especially helps with the adobe flash updates. When I do them myself they always seem to mess up but when PSI does them it works just fine.

I like not having to worry about whether my programs have the latest security updates. And not having to open each program and update it separately.

For more information you can also read this PCMag article.

You can visit Secunia on Facebook and Twitter too.

Spywareblaster by Javacool Softeware

SpywareBlaster has been around for a long time. Their website at Javacool Software says since 2002.  I had thought it was older than that. I first found it years ago on one of the forums where security geeks hang out. The forum is Wilder Security Forums and Spywareblaster support forum is there.

I like this program because it blocks bad stuff from being downloaded onto your computer. At least if you are using one of the more popular browsers including Internet Explorer and Firefox. It works on a few other browsers as well. Chrome is not on the list yet though.

It won’t block every kind of malware but only known malware that uses the browser to install. It can also block tracking cookies.  It can keep dangerous websites from doing  damage (or at least as much damage).

I like that it doesn’t have to run all the time. You turn it on to update it (regularly!). After updating you just set the protections and then turn it off. It doesn’t take up system resources and it works very well with anti virus programs and other security programs.

The best part is it is free! Yep absolutely free. For home and educational use anyway. For a business they offer a couple of different options.  I think it is worth it but each business will have to evaluate that for themselves.

Win Patrol by BillP Studios

Win Patrol by BillP Studios is a wonderful program. It is also free! You can set it to run automatically when windows starts. It doesn’t use very many resources. Most of the time you won’t even know it is there.

What does it do? The first time it is run it will take a snapshot of your system. Then it runs in the background and will let you know if some program tries to change something on your system. The icon is a little dog named Scotty. He barks to let you know something is wrong. There is also a pop up which tells you what is being changed and what program is doing it. You can allow it or not.

This is a good program to have if you do a lot of web surfing. Or if you download a lot of programs to try. Some websites will try to download programs without asking permission. Some of those programs try to change things on your computer. Scotty can block most of those.

The program also can show you all the active processes on your system. You can click the process name and the program will pop up with information about that process. The program also allows you to shut down a process by clicking a button.

I like being able to find information about programs easily. I also like being able to keep programs from changing my computer. Especially the sneaky ones…If they have to be sneaky they are probably not good. You can download the program here.

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