Why would an ad need to access my camera and microphone?
I right clicked on an ad at the bottom of one of my Hubs. Since one of the options it gave me was "settings," I decided to give it a look-see. I have the default settings on my laptop to disallow anything to use my camera and microphone, but why on earth would an ad need to do that? And what happens to folks who haven't set those preferences? This is an actual screenshot, by the way.
Don't worry about it, most ads make use of adobe flash player. When adobe flash is used, and you right-click it and choose settings, it will always show the same dialog box. It doesn't matter if they want to access your microphone or webcam, it's just always there.
Hope this answer your question.
Applications that run in Adobe (including ads) Flash Player have the ability to request access to one's camera or microphone. It is the company that created the application that is requesting access, however, and not Adobe.
You can opt-out by selecting both "deny" and "remember." That should save your privacy settings for that particular application.
There is more information about this on the Adobe site.
To spy on you. They take over your camera and some creep can watch you. Put a piece of black tape over your camera when not using it.
I'm not saying this was their intent, but there have certainly been pieces of malware created that can access your webcam and let others see the video feed.
Actually, Rent to own stores have done this: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/ … _customers
While I believe the FTC had banned this, that doesn't mean malicious people have stopped. Again, I don't know if this has anything to do with what you ran into, I just wanted to let you know what's possible. Have a wonderful weekend! :-D
Do be very careful with that! I caught a story on the news where it was brought out that there are actual computer hackers who can hack into your computer camera (i don't know about the microphone) and they can virtually SPY on you. I kid you not one ounce. Google it. Im not worried. if they have nothing better to do than to stare at me then they must have a sad life
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