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Why I cover my iPhone and laptop camera

December 23, 2013 | Telepresence Options

iPhone Taped and Secured from Spying

Story and images by Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald

Almost all of us use an electronic device with a camera on a daily basis. Be they on a smartphone, laptop or desktop computer, these cameras follow us everywhere.

What might surprise you though is that they can be used to spy on you remotely, and that the warning lights can be disabled.

Perhaps you're reading this article using a smartphone while on the toilet (almost a third of people admit to surfing the web there).

Now think again about that camera staring back at you. Where else do you position your computer, tablet or smartphone's camera, and what might someone see if they watched you constantly? Perhaps it's your bedroom antics, your daily nude stroll around the house or you picking your nose.

Because of this, and following an article I wrote about IT security experts using Post-it notes, electrical tape, Band-Aids and cigarette papers to secure their computer web cameras from hackers, I started covering up the cameras of my two laptops, desktop and smartphone in April.

This was in addition to already making use of anti-virus and other security software on my devices. A New York Times security writer also recently divulged that they did this too.

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