Study: A quarter of internet users allow apps to use their microphone and camera

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A recent study revealed that nearly a quarter of online users always give apps and services permission to access their microphone or webcam, according to a global study of 15,000 people.

According to the Indian TOI website, however, public awareness of webcam safety is promisingly high, with nearly six out of ten worrying that someone might be watching them through their webcam without their knowledge, and 60 percent worrying about the possibility of doing so. This is done through malware, according to the study by Kaspersky, a cybersecurity firm.

But the results come at a time when video conferencing platforms are increasingly being used amid the pandemic, and understandably, through these technologies and applications that help people navigate last year’s events across business, social and entertainment needs, people have expressed their willingness to allow the app to access their microphone and camera.

These tools have served as enablers and enrichers for sudden digital transformations for everyone, permanently allowing access to 27 percent of people between the ages of 25 and 34, according to Kaspersky’s research, and this is less common among older age groups. 38 percent of respondents aged 55 and over say they never grant apps and services such access.

The best way to balance adequate caution while still leveraging modern means of communication is to take into account the apps and services people use and the permissions they request, for example, if the video calling app has camera permissions, then it makes sense.

But if there is an app without any related functionality that asks for access to a person’s microphone without justified reason, it might be better to check and troubleshoot permissions, and users can take various measures to feel safe while using webcams.



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