Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Home Lead Story 1 In 4 Online Users Enable Apps Entry To Microphone, Webcam: Research

1 In 4 Online Users Enable Apps Entry To Microphone, Webcam: Research

For sure, many people aren't instantly familiar with security protocols related to webcam usage and cybersecurity processes

Almost a quarter of online users always give apps and services permission to access their microphones or webcam, according to a global study of 15,000 people. However, overall awareness of webcam security is promisingly high, with nearly six in ten worried that someone could be watching them through their webcam without them knowing, and 60 percent concerned that this could be done via malicious software, said the study conducted by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.

But the results come at a time when there is higher usage of video conferencing platforms amid the pandemic. Understandably, with these technologies and apps helping people to navigate the events of the past year across work, social, and entertainment needs, people have expressed a willingness to allow the app access to their microphones and camera.

Follow NewsGram on Instagram to keep yourself updated.

 

These tools have served as an enricher and facilitator of everyone’s sudden digital transitions, leading to 27 percent of people aged 25-34 always permitting access, according to Kaspersky research. This is less common among older age demographics, however, with 38 percent of respondents aged 55 years and older revealing they never give apps and services such access.

Apps
The best way to balance sufficient caution would be to exercise mindful consideration around the apps and services people are using and what permissions they request. Pixabay

“For sure, many people aren’t instantly familiar with security protocols related to webcam usage and cybersecurity processes. However, what we are observing now is a strong positive trend of increased awareness around online safety and potential threats,” Marina Titova, Head of Consumer Product Marketing at Kaspersky, said in a statement.

“This leads to more proactive consumer behavior like taking preventive actions and checking permissions before allowing video and microphone access.”The best way to balance sufficient caution, while continuing to benefit from modern means of communication, would be to exercise mindful consideration around the apps and services people are using and what permissions they request.

ALSO READ: What Will Happen To Users Who Don’t Agree To WhatsApp’s Privacy Changes

For example, if a video calling app has camera permissions that would make sense. But if there is an app without any relevant functionality requesting access to a person’s mic for no justifiable reason, it might be better to investigate and explore permissions. Users can take various measures to feel safer while using webcams.

Some of the measures recommended by Kaspersky include investing in a simple, dedicated webcam cover to provide peace of mind when the tool is not being used and using an effective security solution that offers advanced protection and covers multiple devices including PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.(IANS/JC)

STAY CONNECTED

19,517FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Nanking Massacre: The Holocaust

By- Khushi Bisht The Nanking Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking, was one of the worst massacres committed during the Sino-Japanese war that...

‘Child Of Two Worlds’ Featuring The Protagonists And Immortal Lovers

Turkey-based author Ann D'Silva has launched her new book "Child of Two Worlds", which is second in the fictional 'Sand and Sea' series, which...

Now Transfer Posts And Notes To Google Docs And WordPress Directly

Facebook on Monday introducing two new data portability types that will help users directly transfer their posts and notes to Google Documents, Blogger, and...

Lyricist Mehboob: The Line Between Film Music And Indie Music Has Blurred Lately

The line between film music and indie music has blurred lately, feels noted lyricist Mehboob, who has over 25 years of experience in the...

OTT Projects Based On Books

With OTT platforms experimenting with genres and content, there are a host of projects that are based on books. Lately, we have already had...

Something Screened On Your Phone Can Not Erase A Huge Screen, Says Boman Irani

Good writing is the need of the hour, feels actor Boman Irani, to sustain audience interest at a time when OTT provides a surfeit...

The Truth Behind Why Airliners Don’t Fly Over Tibet

BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY Airplanes can fly for thousands of kilometers across the globe. Rockets have landed men on the moon and Elon Musk plans to...

Symptoms Affecting Daily Life Post Covid Recovery

Are you a Covid-19 survivor, but still feel fatigued and not having fully recovered? You may be experiencing what is known as "Long Covid"....

Recent Comments