FBI Director James Comey kind of freaked out the Internet when he let slip recently that he covers his webcam so people cannot surreptitiously spy on him. So for this week’s Cool Tool, we will discuss how you can protect yourself from virtual snooping.
But Comey wasn’t the first FBI agent to display such paranoia. During an episode of the recently-returned 90s hit series, the X-Files, none other than Special Agent Fox Mulder was shown with his laptop camera blocked to prying eyes.
I admit, I laughed when I noticed that my colleague Jennifer was protecting herself from video surveillance with the same technology and using the same method employed by Agent Mulder: None other than hometown hero 3M’s ubiquitous Post-It Notes. Jennifer demonstrates a technique I call The Full Mulder:
If it’s good enough for Fox Mulder, it’s good enough for me.
While I did find it amusing to see this trick on the X-Files, it turns out webcam security is no laughing matter.
Laptop cameras are so insecure, the Shodan search engine catalogs open live feeds recording everything from office workers tapping away at their laptops to living room cameras. Make Use Of shares some steps you can take to secure your webcams, beyond the tried and true Post-It Note tactic.
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