Survey: One out of four web users is too lax regarding access to their microphone or webcam

While access to a webcam is essential in the case of a video conference, it is not necessarily the case for other applications. — AFP Relaxnews

Almost one in four Internet users worldwide routinely allow applications and online services to access their microphone or webcam. However, this can be dangerous in some cases, where ill-willed people could spy on them remotely.

Worldwide, 23% of Internet users authorise by default any application or service to access their webcam or microphone, according to a study by Kaspersky. While these tools can obviously be useful for professional exchanges or virtual exchanges with friends, they should not be left accessible all the time.

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