As an iPhone user, the idea of your camera being compromised and hacked is worrying and no one likes the idea of being spied on 24/7 especially when doing things that we don’t want others seeing us doing.
For time, people have been worried about the cameras on their devices spying on them hence why people have been covering their webcam on their laptops with tape now for years. As an iPhone user, it may be a surprise to you that there is spyware available that is designed to hack phone devices cameras without you knowing.
For iPhone’s, these spyware products are readily available for a cheap price and some can even be used with a free trial. Due to the availability of these products, not that much technical ability is needed to be able to hack your iPhone camera and spy on your. Luckliy, with an iOS device, it’s more difficult and it would require someone to jailbreak your device to get around the tough security that Apple has imposed. Although the security is tough, for a lot of technical hackers, who have the right information, it’s not too hard.
In most cases, the hacker who’s trying to watch you through your iPhone camera would need access to your phone for a short time in order to be able to watch you through your camera. They would need to install the spyware that they need in order to control your device’s camera even if that means your iPhone needs to be jailbroken.
Can Someone Spy On Your Through My iPhone Camera?
If your iPhone has not been compromised or jailbreak by the person whos intending to spy on your, then no one can spy on you through your iPhone camera. Your iPhone would have had to be accessed by the hacker and compromised by them in order for them to be able to watch you through your iPhone camera. Without them doing any of this, they wouldn’t be able to spy on you through your camera.
For example, the CIA has been known to spy on people through their iPhone cameras such as ex-president Saddam Hussain after they got hold of it and installed spyware which led to them knowing his whereabouts. Of course, no one is going to have it out for you that much, but in most cases where people would be able to have access to your camera and spy on you through it, they would first need to have access to your iPhone.
No One’s Watching You, Trust Me!
Honestly, the chances that someone will ever spy on you through your iPhone’s camera is negligible and won’t even happen in your lifetime. The only time this is likely to happen is if you’re a celeb, famous, need evidence against you because you’ve committed an atrocious crime, or an advanced hacker has seriously got it out for you. Even in these cases, the chances are next to 0 which is why you shouldn’t be concerned about someone watching you through your camera at all.
How Can Spyware Allow People To Watch Your Through Your Camera
Many spyware products can allow people to use the features to their advantage with a common one blackmailing you or selling your photos and videos to the black market. The photo capture feature is a very common feature that people use to take secretly take photos from your iPhone camera – this is done remotely and the photos are sent to a cloud server where they can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
Another common one is video recording and this is where they take a video using your iPhone camera with you having no idea it’s happening. From here, the video is sent to a cloud server where they’re able to watch it and download it. Another one is remote camera monitoring. Remote camera monitoring is where they’re able to watch you live through your iPhones camera and the hacker could potentially be able to broadcast this ‘live’ onto streaming sites or even the dark web. This is the most worrying feature of spyware as it tracks every moment of your life.
How to Avoid Being Watched On Through Your iPhone Camera
To avoid being watched through your iPhone camera, you need to make sure that you’re taking the necessary precautions with your iPhone. The first thing you need to do is only make sure to download and install apps that are in the App Store and not through third parties on the web. All apps on the app store are safe to download and safe so downloading from only there and not third parties won’t put your iPhone at risk of being compromised. Along with this, only make sure that you’re giving apps access to your camera whilst you’re using the app and not always unless you’re potentially putting yourself at risk.
Another thing you need to do is make sure no one has access to your phone that you don’t trust for a long period of time. For example, if someone is potentially out to get you, for example, the police of someone who’s likely to track you through your camera because of their gain, you need to avoid giving your iPhone to them because this is where they could potentially install some spyware.
One more thing you can do to avoid being spied through your camera is to cover your camera with tape. This is the easiest way to avoid it if you think that someone is genuinely spying on you through your camera. Even if they’ve managed to compromise your device, there’s nothing they can do with it once you cover your camera. What are they going to blackmail you with, a black video?