There's A Better Way To Cover Your Webcam

- Nov 14, 2019-

The jury is still out on whether Mark Zuckerberg will make good on his promise of elevating his commitment to protecting Facebook users' privacy, but we're fairly certain that the tech mogul knows a thing or two about safeguarding his own privacy.

A couple of years ago, the wealthiest millennial in the world inadvertently let slip that he performs a DIY trick to prevent hackers from spying on his computer: He covers his webcam and microphone with tape.

Thanks to Zuck, what was once something that was practiced only by conspiracy theorists has been adopted by millions of people, including former FBI Director James Comey and the Pope. Even Edward Snowden, the infamous NSA whistleblower who is knowledgeable about surveillance, strongly suggests that you do the same.

If all these people in high places deem it necessary to block their webcams and microphones as a safety precaution, us ordinary people should follow suit, don't you think? 

In a world where security is paramount and privacy is increasingly difficult to preserve, malicious hackers can break into computers and spy on you through your webcam. They can snap pictures or record video of you or just look to see what you're up to at any given moment. And the worst part is, you'll never even know they're doing it. 

Many who are concerned about their privacy have turned to webcam covers. The simple, relatively cheap devices attach to the top of your screen to cover your webcam. In many cases, they even come with a slider, so you can quickly view your webcam without needing to remove the entire cover.

Webcams can be handy tools for improving your productivity and generally making it easier for you to communicate with friends, family and colleagues. Sitting on the inside of your laptop or monitor right above your screen, they're ideally placed so you don't need to do much to snap a picture of yourself or start streaming video to others.

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