Another business idea – this time a simple one.
Today the BBC has an article about “webcam hijackers” who blackmail people (mostly young women) with remote access trojans that grab webcam video.
I don’t get it. Why do almost no webcams come with a physical privacy shutter – just a sliding piece of plastic?
The right way to do this is a knob that turns a cam and slides a shutter in front of the lens.
It should have four positions:
- Off – shutter blocks lens, cam opens a switch that electrically disconnects the microphone
- Audio only – shutter blocks lens, cam closes mic switch
- Video only – shutter away from lens, cam opens mic switch
- On – shutter away from lens, cam closes switch
How hard is that, really?