Webcams have made chatting with friends and family much more fun. Cam Chats give conversations a personal touch and make them more realistic and engaging. However, you might not realize how dangerous cam to cam chat is especially if you plan to have a live webcam chat with a stranger or use free webcam chat. Cam chat rooms are places where script kiddie hackers and web spies roam freely. You should understand why web cam chats with strangers are unsafe and how to maintain your privacy online.
What are the common dangers of Cam Chat?
Live Cam Chats Expose Home Addresses Stolen by Hackers
This is even worse than hackers getting access to your sensitive information like credit card numbers or your work files. There are strangers who actually know where you live and are viewing the intimate details of your own bedroom.
Once your location has been exposed on the Internet, you cannot hide it again. Your household interiors would be online for everyone to see. This kind of voyeurism could take a dangerous turn if you were a celebrity or a person under public scrutiny. People might post your address for everyone to see and you might get actual threats outside cyberspace.
You can also be unlucky enough to unknowingly buy a laptop equipped with a Remote Access Tool (RAT). RATs are software that allows a third party to spy on a computer from afar. The third party would have total control over the laptop and could spy on everything you do including reading your messages, watching your photos, and getting access to your passwords and Internet bank credentials.
Adult Cam Chat can be Recorded and Used against People
Most people on adult webcam chat websites are trolls that aim only to blackmail people who perform adult behaviours in front of the camera. These people would undress and have videos of their acts recorded. Then the trolls would blackmail them into more adult behaviour or even suggest personal meetings and repaying them sexually. Some trolls also ask their blackmailed victims for large amounts of money transferred to their bank accounts. If the blackmailed person refuses to comply, they would publish the video on YouTube or send it to the victim’s family and friends via social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
If you want to have a safe adult cam chat, make sure to pick websites that guarantee no recording due and use various blocking programs. Never start chatting naked, wait until you get to know the person you are talking to. You also have to figure out if the person you are talking to is real. Avoid adult cam chat with a minor at all costs. Always pick webcam chatrooms that allow registered users only.
Live Cam Chat can Lead to Adult Bullying
Adult bullying takes the form of trolling. Unsuspecting webcam users get picked by a troll only to be demeaned, humiliated and threatened. Trolls get joy out of disrupting innocent people’s emotional well-being. In the particular case of adult cam chat bullying, it is called “webcam trolling”.
Many people lose control over ongoing webcam trolling. They get laughed at and insulted, mocked for their weight or physical appearance.
Cam Chat Sites are not Always Secure
Cam chat sites are the easiest to be hacked into. Despite claiming that they are totally safe and secure, displaying a variety of privacy modes, anything that you post on a webcam chat service could be recorded and published online. Most free webcam sites are also vulnerable to hackers and perverts, with loose firewall programs and many holes that lurkers can access your computer through.
Cam Chat may Cost a Lot of Money
Most people log into free webcam sites only to find out that security comes with a price. Additional features, lengthier chat time, more secure chatrooms and many more services offered by these websites would cause people to blindly use their credit cards.
Especially on adult webcam sites or to chat with webcam models, people tend to pay more as they are lured by promises of steamy conversations. Some webcam sites charge for every additional sex act. Whether it was a webcam model, a camgirl or even a “regular” whom you frequent in a private chatroom, you might find yourself spending more money than planned, thus wasting time and savings.
Omegle and Chatroulette: The Danger behind Cam Chat Celebrity Websites
If you have a teenage boy or girl then you probably heard of Chatroulette and Omegle.
Chatroulette is one of today’s most famous webcam sites. It connects users to an archive of a million random strangers. This anonymous, dual-window, webcam service attracts teen video chatters from all over the world. Experts describe it as a “predator’s paradise”. Authorities also describe Chatroulette as one of the biggest contributors to “public indecency” including indecent behaviour from minors and children.
Omegle on the other hand offers anonymous cam chat as well as text-based chat in dual-paned windows. Omegle lets teens and youths connect their profiles to their Facebook profiles so that they could import their interests and meet more people. This makes it super dangerous because of the dissolution of the barrier between your Omegle anonymous self and your Facebook real self. Details like your phone number, home address and friends list could be easily accessed by hackers.