A Russian-run website, which purports to show content from unsecure webcams around the world, has been drawing derision from Britain to Australia.
Scott, however, said that a major clue is if the little LED light next to your camera is on, even when you’re not using it.
Internet NZ deputy chief executive Andrew Cushen gave the same advice.
"You should put a bit of tape over your webcam when you are not using it." Cushen urged consumers to ask computer retailers more questions about the security of devices with cameras when purchasing them.
‘ He told uk that it’s surprisingly easy for hackers to take over your camera – or that sometimes, the malware could be installed before you even buy your computer.
‘Webcams can be easily compromised by even inexperienced and unsophisticated adversaries if the model of a webcam is inherently vulnerable due to a lack of security-by-design,’ he said.