Cameras; cover them
Cameras are everywhere. You probably have a camera pointed at you as you read this post. It may seem overly paranoid, but covering your camera is good practice. The FBI and most of the security industry recommends all cameras be covered.
Yes, all cameras. Even the laptop you have from work that has awesome anti-virus on it or the chromebook your child gets from school. Normally when your camera is in use, there is some indication that it is active. This could be a little light next to the camera, or a notification asking for access to the device. However, the hacks are so good that the light doesn’t turn on, and nothing appears on your screen when your camera is in use.
Here’s what you can do. Laptops have a simple solution. Grab a piece of tape or a post-it. Another option is a sliding camera cover that is easy to use and looks better.
Mobile phones are a bit trickier. You could use tape, but it might be cumbersome since most people use this camera more. So there are other options like adding a sliding cover similar to the laptop one or using a case with a built in cover.
If you chose not to cover your camera, be very cautious when downloading new software or apps. Do some research before downloading and installing anything.
A Pennsylvania school that was caught secretly snapping photos of students via laptop Webcams
Photo by Vincent Brown
Feature photo by Gabriel Rodriquez
Neither photo was modified from it’s original version