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Secure Webcam??

by c0rndawg / October 4, 2006 7:36 PM PDT

Hi! just hoping to pick your brains for a few moments.

Is it possible for someone to intercept a webcam stream through MSN Messenger for example, even if Windows Firewall is activated?

The recipient is on a university network, and i'm a tad concerned that someone else on the network might be able to do this.

If so, is there anything I can do to make the stream secure?

Thanks for your time!

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You should be concerned...............
by Trance_Zac / October 4, 2006 8:10 PM PDT
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If you are sending a s webcam stream OR any other data to a Network as you descibed, the Administrator of the network can pick up everything.

No firewall will stop this, since you are sending the data. The firewall will just stop unsolicited inbound events.
You are solicitating an outgoing event, which the Administrator can easily catch (IF he's looking for such activity)

Best off using your cell to call or Text!!!

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No such thing as a Secure WebCam
by DarCLew2 / October 4, 2006 8:13 PM PDT
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Especially if it is on a network. MSN Messenger has been known to be vulnerable and same goes for any Instant Messenging Service. People make mistakes even with email, like the guy who wrote intimate things to his girl-friend and then hit Reply to All. Darrell L.

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(NT) (NT) What I Just Said
by Trance_Zac / October 4, 2006 8:17 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) John, did not know until I posted my response (dialup)
by DarCLew2 / October 4, 2006 8:29 PM PDT
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No software?!
by c0rndawg / October 4, 2006 8:46 PM PDT
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Hey, thanks for all your replies. I take it there isn't any software or whatever that would do the job?

Nevermind, thanks for your help anyways.

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Take the hint
by glb613 / October 4, 2006 9:01 PM PDT
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If you are trying to do this at work, don't!

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Possible, but unlikely
by jackson dougless / October 4, 2006 9:02 PM PDT
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It's certainly possible for someone to intercept this, but it's rather unlikely that anyone would. There are a lot of things that would have to happen first, and it amounts to someone having to make some effort to try and intercept this.

It's extremely unlikely that someone would accidentally intercept something such as this, but far from impossible.

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Would "Peerguardian" help????
by c0rndawg / October 5, 2006 4:25 AM PDT
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Hi again!

Someone suggested a program called "Peerguardian" to me, would this work? Aparently it's an IP blocker.


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by jackson dougless / October 5, 2006 4:36 AM PDT

Don't know how much more plainly it can be put, but here goes.

There is NO way to absolutely guarantee that someone will not intercept webcam broadcasts. However unlikely it may be that someone would intercept them, the possibility will ALWAYS exist. There is NO software solution to this, nor is there a hardware solution to this. If the intended recipient can see it, so can someone else.

Given your apparent paranoia level, you might just want to reconsider whatever it is you're doing via webcam that you don't want others to see. If you're this concerned about others seeing it, it seems probable that it's something you shouldn't be doing.

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by c0rndawg / October 5, 2006 4:54 PM PDT
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Ok thanks for your help. I thoroughly understand every comment made here, but I was attempting to prompt more information from more people. For instance, someone else might know about some encrytion tool that you don't or something; i don't give up so easily.

Furthermore, as far as I know, talking to someone via a webcam isn't something that shouldn't be done, so i think i'm ok there. Thanks for your concern.

The issue is just that I don't want other people watching me in my own home.... is that all that strange? Does that mean I shouldn't be sitting in my own home, just because I don't want others too see??

Thanks for your help anyway.

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was a photograph nut but didn't like others to take mine
by DarCLew2 / October 5, 2006 8:23 PM PDT
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Of course, the main concern in your home is the background and how you are dressed. The latter is easy to rectify and those folding curtains or blinds that are out there would be cheaper than any encryption tool to buy.
All one needs is to know how you want to present yourself - like in a job interview. Really simple.
Darrell Lewis

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by jackson dougless / October 6, 2006 12:19 AM PDT
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I can understand the desire for privacy, but you need to understand that using a webcam is essentially inviting someone to invade that privacy. I also think we all know there's something more to this than simple privacy concerns, but we're not asking about the specifics of what you're doing, just commenting that your paranoia level suggests you might want to rethink whatever it is you're doing.

Webcams are inherently insecure, that's just the nature of the beast. Learn a lesson from the entertainment industry. All the different copy protection methods they've devised have been broken, and usually within days of public release. There is no way around this, end of story. With a webcam, if one person can see it, anyone could potentially see it. They would have to know you're broadcasting and then care enough to eavesdrop, but it's possible, and there's no way around it. So whatever it is you're doing that has you all worked up, you might want to rethink. It's that, or accept that there's a chance someone will intercept the broadcast.

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Maybe theres some sort of encryption
by william551 / October 5, 2006 6:40 AM PDT
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you can get that only you and the recipient know the password for.

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