Spyware safety Video
Spyware safety Video Transcript
>> With recent allegations of a Pennsylvania school spying on its students with a school-issued laptop, you may be wondering how someone can spy through a computer and how to prevent it from happening in your home. First, many laptops these days come with build-in Webcams. The little camera lens is usually located here at the top of the screen, and it's there so you can record yourself or so that you can live-chat with people over video. In some cases, spyware can be installed on a laptop that makes it easy for someone to record what the camera is seeing--similar to a video camera. And there's plenty of legitimate nanny, security, or remote-control software that you can use to remotely turn on a Webcam and monitor what's going on around the laptop. To prevent the Webcam from seeing you or your children, you can disable the Webcam in your PC's device manager, but there's even an easier solution than that. Just put a piece of black tape over the camera or even a post-it. Also make sure you let your younger children know that going on the computer is like going outside. They should always have a parent with them, and that way you can monitor what your children are seeing and make sure they're not being seen. For CBS news, I'm Molly Wood, cnet.com, in San Francisco.
The Logitech C510 HD Webcam is an inexpensive solution for computers that don't come with built-in cameras. Its 2-megapixel sensor takes 8-megapixel snapshots, and 720p HD video performs well with video-chatting programs like Skype, Google Chat, and Windows Live Messenger. With a handful of extra features like one-click uploads to YouTube or Facebook and fun video effects, the Logitech HD Webcam C510 is a worthwhile buy.
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French-based company Total Immersion has come up with software that turns 2D pictures into 3D models on a screen when they are displayed in front of a Webcam. Last year, they set up shop in the U.S., selling their product as interactive kiosks that could appear in stores or conferences, among other uses. But anyone with a computer and a Webcam can download a test sample to try it out. In this video, CNET News.com's Hanna Sistek shows how the software works.