As children some of us were told never to talk to strangers. The reasoning behind this was quite simple at the time, not everyone could be trusted, and it was a much better idea to be safe rather than sorry.
Fast forward to today’s age and technological advancements. Much of our lives are spent connecting with the world via smartphones, tablets, laptops & computers. While the internet & social media have undoubtedly changed the way that we communicate, somewhere along the way, we seem to have forgotten that handy childhood lesson.
Installing new applications, plugins or browser extensions have become something that we all do on occasion. (Guilty as charged right here) What many of us don’t know, is what else might be lurking in the shadows when we give our permission to do this. These risks include system virus & malware infections that can do anything from steal personal information, destroy operating systems and remotely control devices…that’s right, even your own web camera.
Remember Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf? Hers was the first of many public cases where, thanks to an inadvertent installation, her computer was infected with a Remote Administrative Tool (RAT). Through this tool, the hacker was able to control her web camera without her knowing. Thanks to an extensive FBI investigation, the hacker who was a student at the time, spent the rest of his college years in prison.
The example above is one of the many reasons why Integrity Advocate does not require you to install any sort of plugin, extension or application in order to use our service. Our web-based solution is accessible via any secure browser and works anytime on any type of device.