The humble webcam: the little glass eyeball that sits innocuously atop your laptop, essentially a relic leftover from when people used Skype, might be more dangerous than you think.
According to Mashable, hackers in China (keep up, Russia), are easily compromising personal webcams using software that costs as little as £25, before releasing usernames and passwords online, where they can be downloaded by anyone.
Lists of up to 400 hacked cameras and their login details are given away for free on special forums and social media groups every day.
But you should be able to avoid falling prey by taking some simple measures.
Speaking to Mashable, Eugene Aseev, vice-president of engineering at data protection firm Acronis says that users should avoid using default passwords and configurations, as well as regularly updating their firmware.
"Once you have unpacked a brand new internet-connected piece of hardware, spend a little time playing with its configuration," he said. "Common default unchanged [passwords] on thousands of devices...is a primary flaw that is being leveraged by attackers."
So basically, avoid that 'Password123', which is a good rule of thumb for avoiding a lot of hacking grief online.