And if he’s any good as a hacker, he can do almost all of what I just described without you noticing. That’s why people like me harp so hard on staying safe in the first place.
As as soon as you say, “If I’m sure that a hacker is controlling my computer”, without going any further, I can tell you you’re screwed! That’s why we want you to keep your system up to date, run anti-malware scans, and so on. Avoid downloading and installing stuff you don’t need. Don’t open attachments that you aren’t 100% certain are safe. This is all stuff you already know or should already know. I know that it sounds overwhelming, but it’s completely doable and really, it doesn’t have to be a huge imposition.
In other words, can a hacker see my screen and record my video call with my friends and show our faces at the same time?
While this does seem like a very specific scenario and a very specific concern, I want to address it because it’s a fine example of what a lot of people just don’t seem to realize, something that’s very important about the nature of hacking, malware, and compromised machines. If your machine has been hacked into or is compromised in some way, then a hacker could certainly record your Skype video calls. He can record your video, your audio, your keystrokes, your mouse movements, your screen; anything you do.
If I’m sure that a hacker is controlling my computer and I was online in my Skype account, in a video call to a friend.
Could hackers then see and save a video message during the recording?
But the problem here is that it’s much, much worse than that. He can copy your data, your history, your programs, your files, your emails, your pictures; anything on your machine.
Working to use the internet safely can become second nature, and then you won’t have to worry about whether or not your video chat is being recorded.
We know that anywhere from 10-30% (or more) of teens have received such images, and many probably don’t know what to do.
You have no doubt seen the examples in the media of teens being cyberbullied, arrested, or even committing suicide as a result of bad decisions involving the circulation of nude personal pictures.
If you are a teen and receive a sexually-explicit image of a classmate via your cell phone (or email, or instant message, or via a Nintendo Dsi, or any other type of electronic communication), what should you do?
This can be a challenging situation, to say the least.
My thoughts here are intended to provide you (youth) with a specific and simple strategy to help avoid any of these consequences.