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joec888
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:13 pm    Post subject: Spying on you without webcam/camera or microphone? Reply with quote

For the past year and a half, my wife is convinced that a hacker has hacked into her laptop and smartphone. She firmly believes that a hacker is constantly spying on her using her laptop and smartphone's cameras and microphones. I'd like to point out that (1) She has taped up all the cameras on her laptop and her smartphone. (2) She has disabled both the webcam and microphone on her laptop via Device Manager. (3) On her Android smartphone she is using a camera blocker app and a microphone blocker app, both downloaded from the Google App Store, to disable the smartphone's camera and microphone. Even with all these foolproof countermeasures, she is still convinced that a hacker can still see her and listening in on her through her laptop and smartphone. Assuming that a hacker has indeed hacked into my wife's laptop and smartphone, can you all let both me and my wife know that if there is any possibility that this mysterious hacker can still use her laptop and smartphone to watch and listen in on her? Thank you.
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Gary R
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If she's taped up the camera lens, and taped up the mic, then there's just no way that they can be used to spy on her.

Hackers may be able to do a lot of things, but they can't remove physical barriers without having physical access to her devices.

How effective the blocker apps are I couldn't say without knowing more about them, but if she got them from a reputable source, then it's likely that they are doing their job.

Is there any particular reason why your wife feels that she's being spied upon, by which I mean have their been any incidents or occurrences which may have led her to her conviction that someone is intruding upon her privacy ?
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