Computers can spy on you, but here's one simple trick to prevent it
Do you have a camera on your computer? If so, then it's possible that someone is watching you right now. That's right! It's entirely possible for someone to hack into your camera and watch you. If you're a paranoid person, then you're freaked out, right?
Well don't feel paranoid much more. There's one simple way to defeat the spies from watching you. This one thing is an every day household item and you probably have it in your home right now. It's called tape. That magic sticky film that you've always had or used.
Regular transparent tape is probably not the best fit, so look to using duct tape or Gorilla tape. Both are very thick and can block the camera. All you need is a tiny piece just big enough to block the vision of the camera and you're good to go. You can also buy a camera cover, that way you don't get sticky tape on your fancy computer.
It's a good time to talk about simple security measures with all the talk about Wikileaks and people spying on everything through computers. I'm sure you have a piece of tape at home or work, right? If not, then you can probably get it dirt cheap. Even the tape at the dollar store might be thick enough. If not, then double up!
Simple, right? Does it work? Yes, it does.
It works for the head of the FBI and the CEO of the world's largest social network, so it will work for you too.
One word: Tape.
Recently, FBI Director James Comey and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg made headlines when the public learned both men use tape to cover up the cameras on their computers.
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Last year, in a Facebook post touting the growth of photo app Instagram, Zuckerberg inadvertently revealed his laptop with tape over the webcam.
Here's Zuckerberg in an old photo with tape on his camera and audio jack. If it's good enough for him, then it's good enough for us, right?
Zuckerberg has a lot to lose if he gives up secrets to a spy. He might be working on the next feature for Facebook. If he leaks it by accident, then someone else might release it first and get the jump on Facebook. You can be sure there's people trying to pry top secret information from Facebook in hopes to be the "Facebook killer" - but we know that's not coming anytime soon.
Are you going to put tape over your camera and audio jack? Do you think anyone's spying on you? If they were, would they get anything good?
If someone spied on me, they would see my obsession with coffee, always eating meatballs, and the faces I make when my baby stinks up the room with an explosive diaper! My goodness, that kid could clear a mushroom farm!