👍 #806 – Can Video Chat Be Intercepted and Recorded?

#806 - Can Video Chat Be Intercepted and Recorded?


This week's featured article took me be surprise when I first started getting the question. For some seemingly irrational reason I was getting asked, repeatedly, if video chat could be recorded -- from some very panicked questioners.

The flavor -- and the importance -- of the issue has changed as we're all doing so much more video online.

The answer, however, hasn't changed: yes. Video chats and conferences can be recorded.

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Can Video Chat Be Intercepted and Recorded?

Hi, Leo. I had a private video chat with my girlfriend. I'm afraid that it could be recorded by someone and released on, say, a porn site. We used personal laptops. When I got a doubt, I scanned both systems with an anti-virus tool and they're clean. So, there's not really a virus, but I'm still afraid that someone will record it for monitoring and all.

It's impossible to prove that it can't be (or wasn't) recorded: you can't prove a negative. Ultimately, if this is something that really concerns you, then don't do that!

I don't think there's going to be a problem here. In practical terms — with one exception that most people don't think about — it's highly unlikely.

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The Risk of Searching for a Support Phone Number

Say you've been locked out of your outlook.com or Gmail account. Maybe you forgot the password. Maybe you were hacked. Your recovery attempts have failed, and you're desperate to regain access to your account.

So, you search online for outlook.com or gmail “support phone number”, hoping to talk to a real, live person to get help from the source.

Unbeknownst to you, things are about to go from bad to worse.

Much worse.

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Should I Take the Flash Update I've Been Offered?

No, you should not take the update.

Or, rather, you should try really, really hard not to need to update Adobe Flash ever again.

And the way to do that is to never need it.

Flash is dead.

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How Can I Delete an Old Account If I Forgot My Email and Password?

How can I delete my old TikTok account if I forgot my email and password?

You probably can't.

While the original question refers to a specific online service — TikTok — the answer is pretty much the same for all of them.

Your options are few to non-existent.

Continue Reading: How Can I Delete an Old Account If I Forgot My Email and Password?

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