Re: El Reg
" there is currently an extortion e-mail going around claiming to have embarrassing video footage of the 'user',"
I get lots of those dropping into mostly my spam catcher accounts that I've generated and used to register at dodgy websites and place I know are going to resell every scrap of data they collect.
What these scammers don't know is that my desktop doesn't have a camera at all and my taste in porn is very mainstream. Am I sharing too much?
If they did get my contacts, which would be a feat as I don't use the built in contact manager, I'd probably start getting inquiries about where to find the best "movies" since most the people I know and most certainly my "water brothers" aren't too uptight about those sorts of matters. Mom would just have a good laugh.
If you don't want to be spied on, disable the camera and block the mic. Zuckerberg does on all of his portable devices. BTW, blue-tak works a treat for the mic and is removable if you insulate the mic hole with a bit of cling film first. Put some cello tape over the blue-tak so it doesn't get everywhere.