Webcam hacking hasn't been in the cyber security news sphere very much lately but that doesn't mean it's something that shouldn't still be a huge concern. This is still a major security risk. Protecting your personal information is one thing, but protecting your personal space and privacy is a completely different topic.
Has your computer all of the sudden start to act really weird? Does it seem like ghosts are making changes to your computer. Maybe you hear the fan running on your laptop at all hours. Maybe the date/time keeps changing at random. Worse yet, you notice the mouse randomly moving or programs randomly opening and you are starting to think you are going crazy.
That's right. It's time to change your passwords. The internet needs to start looking at this topic as if it were daylight savings time. We all know it is a pain in the ass but it truly is a necessary evil. People like to take this time to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms, change the filter in the furnace, or swap out their snow tires. Let's all add changing our passwords to the list.
There are many steps one may take to securing a brand new computer after purchase. An individual may buy into the retail store's up-sale of some security software anti-virus/firewall suite, or purchase extended service warranties to have their machine 'cleaned' when needed. They could also make sure their shiny new computer was properly configured to automatically install updates.