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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Is someone watching you while you're in the privacy of your own home?

The issue of web hacking took the national spotlight earlier this month when Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf, and the FBI came forward stating that someone hacked into her computer, took pictures of her through a webcam and then allegedly tried to extort her.

A 19-year-old ended up pleading guilty to three counts of extortion and one count of computer hacking in that case.]

So what can you do to make sure you don't become a victim?

FCN spoke to Clay Maddox, a senior network security engineer at UNF who said there are two ways hackers can get in:

• If you use a camera that is directly connected to your wireless network, make sure you are using and intricate password that cannot be cracked. If a hacker gets into that network, he can get into your computer.
• The more common way of webcam hacking though is to infect your computer with malware. If you click on an unknown link and get a virus, you are giving someone access to your computer and webcam.

According to Maddox, you can install software specifically designed to monitor your web camera.

"It will actually notify you if it is currently being used. So it will do pop ups and alerts and warnings to give you an idea like -'wait, I wasn't intending to use that and it suddenly popped up'," tells Maddox.

If you don't want to put additional software on your computer, get a sticker and put it over your webcam on your computer and smart TV. Remember, the hacker could possibly still hear you in that situation.

First for You! Take steps today to make sure you don't become a victim of webcam hacking

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