When it comes to preventing hackers from taking control of your webcam, solutions such as revoking application’s privileges, disabling the device’s built-in camera or covering it up are not very practical.
This is where Bitdefender Webcam Protection comes in. To prevent extortion attempts using sensitive data, our new Webcam Protection feature permanently monitors apps that try to access your camera and blocks unknown applications.
Safe and trusted applications are automatically allowed access to the device webcam.
As a safety measure, you will receive a notification each time an untrusted app attempts to gain access to your camera, even if the Autopilot feature is engaged, and you will be able to block it or allow it.
To open Webcam Protection, follow these steps:
1. Click the Privacy icon on the left side of the main Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the WEBCAM PROTECTION pane, click the ON/OFF switch.
To access the settings menu, click on the icon in the lower right corner of the Webcam Protection. From here, you can:
• Block all access to the webcam
No application will be allowed to gain access to your webcam.
• Block browsers’ access to the webcam
No web browser except Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge will be allowed to gain access to your webcam.
NOTE: Due to the Windows Store apps procedure to run in a single process, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge cannot be detected by Bitdefender as web browsers, and therefore are excluded from this setting.
• Set application webcam access based on Bitdefender users’ choice
If most Bitdefender users consider a popular app as being harmless, then its access to the webcam will be automatically set on Allow. If a popular app is considered dangerous by many users, then its access will be automatically set on Blocked.
NOTE: You will be informed each time one of your installed apps will be listed as blocked by a majority of Bitdefender users, even if the Autopilot feature is engaged.
• Opt to receive notifications when allowed applications connect to the webcam
You will be notified each time an allowed app will access your webcam, even if the Autopilot feature engaged.
Unfortunately, when it comes to webcams, security is often ignored by some producers, who prefer to focus more economic aspects. This can lead to particularly dangerous situations in which users can become easy targets for hackers looking to access their devices. To protect your webcam against hackers, you should:
• Never use default settings. Make sure you change passwords and other settings once you’ve installed your device.
• Always keep the firmware up-to-date.
• Use an adequate security solution, capable of protecting your webcam.