making them the lowest-cost form of videotelephony.
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They chatted with friends, posted pictures, and when they were tired, stretched out on their beds to rest.
But at some point, each of them looked up and noticed the same strange thing: the tiny light beside their webcam glowing.
Her little sister, Suzy, was doing the same thing down the hall.
The house was quiet, save the keyboard tapping in the girls' rooms, when the odd little instant message popped up on Melissa's screen—an IM from Suzy.
They have also become a source of security and privacy issues, as some built-in webcams can be remotely activated by spyware.
The most popular use of webcams is the establishment of video links, permitting computers to act as videophones or videoconference stations.
highlighted an unnerving study published at Johns Hopkins University which found that a laptop webcam can function in relative secrecy—a slightly subtler Eye of Sauron.
Matthew Brocker and Stephen Checkoway’s paper, regrettably (though inevitably) titled “i See You: Disabling the Mac Book Webcam Indicator LED,” exposes the flaw in many Apple laptops built before 2008.
When sent to a remote location, the video stream may be saved, viewed or on sent there.