Protect your identy from hackers on your webcam laptop

My laptop (Acer 5742) has a built-in webcam, however unlike my last laptop there is no operation LED and way of knowing if it is on or not.  Just in case someone did get into my system from outside and manage to switch on the webcam, I have constructed a tertiary level of protection just by using a piece of black tape.

Get a length of tape 2 inches long, fold one third over itself, stick side to sticky side.  Then mount it on the laptops webcam.

If you ever need to use the webcam, just fold the cover back.

Protect your identy from hackers on your webcam laptop

My laptop (Acer 5742) has a built-in webcam, however unlike my last laptop there is no operation LED and way of knowing if it is on or not.  Just in case someone did get into my system from outside and manage to switch on the webcam, I have constructed a tertiary level of protection just by using a piece of black tape.

Get a length of tape 2 inches long, fold one third over itself, stick side to sticky side.  Then mount it on the laptops webcam.

If you ever need to use the webcam, just fold the cover back.

OpenShot, Video Editing for Ubuntu Linux

Currently Ubuntu comes with a simple video editor called PiTiVi, although it is stable and works, it lacks the ability to do anything decent.  For instance creating titles, fades, transitions…  I came across OpenShot this morning and it is truly awesome.
I has all the features PiTiVi has and much more, plus it can run natively on the Gnome desktop unlike Cinerella.

OpenShot, Video Editing for Ubuntu Linux

Currently Ubuntu comes with a simple video editor called PiTiVi, although it is stable and works, it lacks the ability to do anything decent.  For instance creating titles, fades, transitions…  I came across OpenShot this morning and it is truly awesome.
I has all the features PiTiVi has and much more, plus it can run natively on the Gnome desktop unlike Cinerella.

Wireshark No Interfaces, sudo permissions how to fix!

When I open Wireshark in Ubuntu, there are no interfaces.  That is because Wireshark needs to be run with sudo permissions to access the interfaces.  It is not a good idea to run Wireshark from sudo as there are 30K lines of code running with full admin permissions and it will warn you about it as well.

Below is the preferred way.

sudo su
groupadd wireshark
usermod -a -G wireshark stretch
newgrp wireshark
chgrp wireshark /usr/bin/dumpcap
chmod 750 /usr/bin/dumpcap
setcap cap_net_raw,cap_net_admin=eip /usr/bin/dumpcap

If setcap does not exist then:
sudo apt-get install libcap2-bin

check to see if sucessful
getcap /usr/bin/dumpcap
/usr/bin/dumpcap = cap_net_admin,cap_net_raw+eip

logout and log back in!