I am a very, very modest and paranoid 22 year old girl. From ages 17 to 19 I was in a relationship that became long distance. Over the course of the relationship he and I would Skype or Oovoo and some of these times I would be without clothing in front of the camera.
Since the news of webcam hacking came to light in 2012, I have covered the lens on that laptop as well as my new one. However, I cannot shake the horrible feeling that there’s a chance (any chance) that someone could have seen me back then. I am an incredibly private person and this has been driving me insane. I’m actually a Computer engineering major and I understand the basic likelihood myself but would also like to hear your opinion (and be able to put my mind at ease).
On the laptop I am concerned about, it was a 2010 Toshiba Satellite with built-in webcam. I used it either on my home network or school network and had a free anti virus program running the entire time. I never experienced any clues that I can recall (the webcam light never randomly came on, no virus alerts, no other questionable behavior) and, unlike many of my peers, I never illegally downloaded, watched, or attempted to download or watch movies, TV, or music. I also didn’t get a ton of spam emails back then and then ones I did get, I always just simply deleted.
I don’t fully understand every way a webcam can be hacked and am hoping it was more difficult and less prolific 2011 and earlier. What concerns me is people saying young women are targeted and the fact that I was in a long distance relationship. How likely is it that someone during that time saw me without clothing either through hacking my webcam or somehow infiltrating my Skype or Oovoo sessions?