Are criminals spying on you with your own webcams? It's possible.Webcams are everywhere. They're on buildings giving feeds on traffic, crowds, and activity. They're in homes for personal use and businesses for web conferences and presentations. But what if someone could access those personal cameras without your knowledge to spy on every little thing that's going on and you do?

One new website (which has since been taken down) allowed you, your neighbor, your ex, your nemesis—anyone—to view unsecured webcams at will. While this instance is limited to one particular brand of webcam, a reader would only need to browse the comments beneath the article to see that this is far from being an isolated glitch.

Webcams, like anything running an operating system connected to the Internet (your smartphone, laptop, house alarm), require regular updates such as software patches... like when your computer seems to annoyingly always ask you to update the system, often referencing security vulnerabilities that need patching. Although the compromised webcams seem to be limited to individual homes and certain office spaces, it's little loopholes like this that enable a thief or terrorist to establish employee patterns, learn access codes or identify possible weaknesses.

Technology isn't perfect. That's why it's important to stay alert and make sure all needed updates are downloaded and precautions taken. Updates give technology the ability to adapt as thieves are always looking for ways to compromise the technology to their benefit.

Protect your business or home by occasionally checking your webcam provider's website or making a quick call to see if there are any notifications. For information on state-of-the-art security cameras and other security technology, email us at or call 504.483.7811.

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