The number of webcams with tape over them is on the rise, and so is the number of hackers.
But is it a viable move?
Let's find out!
If a hacker is spying on you through your webcam, what would the hacker look at all day through your webcam? Your face. Nothing more, nothing less.
Now, what if the hacker is hacking into your microphone instead?
He can hear any conversation and every conversation you have with your laptop next to you. The hacker can access some seriously important information.
Now you decide, what is more dangerous?
If you will go as far as putting tape over the webcam, you should get the microphone taken out too.
But wait, there's a better way!
Whether you are on a Linux machine, Windows PC, or Mac (with a webcam), you probably have a LED next to your webcam that notifies you when the webcam or microphone is being used.
If you see this LED on when you are not using any program that's supposed to use the webcam or microphone, you can just restart. If that doesn't work, take it to the customer care (if it's a laptop). If it's a desktop, just take out the webcam.
You may ask, 'Isn't the hacker smart enough to switch off the led?'. The hacker can not possibly turn off that LED. The LED is hard-wired to turn on when the webcam and microphone turn on in most cases. You should be good just glancing at the LED once in awhile.
You do not need to restrict usage of a vital part of your precious device.