FBI Director urges everyone to cover their webcams

Bradley Wint
Sep 18, 2016 11:58pm AST
Photo: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook

Looks like Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the only one paranoid about webcams.

FBI Director, James Comey, has urged everyone to cover their webcams, advising them that it’s the “sensible thing” to do.

With the number of webcam hacking cases on the rise, you can’t really blame those in powerful positions for feeling a bit fearful that they may be being monitored via their very own computer webcams.

Most people don’t even realize their webcams may be activated, because hackers easily circumvent the circuitry to disable the little light next to the camera letting the user know that it’s active.

During a recently held conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Comey said that everyone should cover their webcams with a piece of tape or plastic, as hackers can easily gather tons of information about us just by looking on via a hacked webcam feed.

“There’s some sensible things you should be doing, and that’s one of them.

“You go into any government office and we all have the little camera things that sit on top of the screen. They all have a little lid that closes down on them. You do that so that people who don’t have authority don’t look at you. I think that’s a good thing.”

A simple search on Amazon also reveals that there is a demand for products that cover webcams, as more and more people become fearful of being monitored via their own computers.

When Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo celebrating 500 million active users on Instagram, many people were more interested in the fact that he used tape to cover his webcam along with some kind of plastic shield to cover his mic-in port.

Users may not be so keen on covering their cellphone cameras as many people tend to use them for selfies, but I’m sure there are devices that can be slipped on to the top to cover the front facing camera when not in selfie mode.

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