1. One night when I was about 12 or 13, my parents were gone for a while and I was just staying up really late (past midnight) on my desktop computer waiting for them to come home.
Like most people, I had been told a million times not to talk to strangers on the internet but about half my friends list on MSN were people I had never met before so I was just chatting with a bunch of them.
Out of nowhere, one of my online friends had told me exactly what I had been doing the past hour or two. Eg, what I was eating, drinking, playing with, when I had gotten up last…. Things I hadn’t mentioned in chat.
I instantly got a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. My desktop was set up in front of a big window so as far as I knew, this person I had been talking to (that was supposed to live in a different country than me) had found my address and been watching me through the window.
Turns out, he had somehow hacked into my webcam (I always left it plugged in even though I had been warned not to when I wasn’t using it) and had been frequently watching me through it whenever he wanted.
It’s been 10 years and I still have all the cameras on my devices covered in thick duct tape.