Once you’ve done this, and you’ve rid your computer of any malware lurking about, you can reinstall the drivers and disable the firewall rule.

Fortunately, there are ways you can avoid going through this whole ordeal in the first place. First things first – cover your cameras when you’re not using them.

‘More technical indicators that are more difficult to obfuscate include the transmission of audio or video traffic from the device, the presence of running webcam processes and services, audio and video storage files and logs.’ Cleaning your devices up when they’ve been compromised is even trickier – but it’s do-able.

Then – and it gets a tad more complicated – you need to temporarily set up firewall rules to block audio and video traffic.

You should then uninstall your webcam drivers, and run a complete scan of all of your drives using reputable anti-virus and anti-malware software (Malware Bytes is pretty decent).

You can text or broadcast your video to everyone, as well as see anyone else who is publicly broadcasting.

However, you can also privately message and video chat with any other online user. More » 321 Chat is a video and text chatting website that lets you join rooms of different topics, like one for teens, seniors, singles, Asians, people in their 20s, religion, kids, etc.

You can add a description of yourself and even include links to your favorite You Tube videos so that other Face Flow users can get a feel for the music or videos you're into.

You have to make a free user account at Face Flow before you can have face-to-face chats or text conversations with other users.

You can either use plasters, or you can buy small webcam covers that can slide open and shut online.

If you’re worried that covering your webcam will make you look a bit tin-foil-hattish, just remember that Mark Zuckerberg and Edward Snowden both cover their cameras.

Always educate yourself and children on the dangers of online child predators.