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Should You Cover Your Webcam?

Snowden does it. FBI director James Comey does it too. But does the average person also need to cover their webcam? Find out if you should do it in this article.

Snowden does it. 

FBI director James Comey does it too. 

But should you cover your webcam as well? 

Read on to find out.

Should You Cover Your Webcam? Vlog

Webcams are Super Easy to Hack

Many people don’t realize this, but most webcams are very easy to hack.

The average person might not have a clue, but even amateur hackers can do this with ease. 

And you may not care because you think that there is nothing to see while you are sitting there working on your laptop.

But even when your computer is in sleep mode, the camera can be remotely activated. That means you can be seen and recorded even when you think your computer is inactive. 

This brings us to the second point.

Extortion or Worse

Thanks to your exposed webcam, you may be the target of people filming you remotely. 

And whatever they film can then be used against you, such as posting unwanted images on social media, or threatening you with extortion. 

This type of thing doesn’t seem very common because it is not reported on the news every day, but if it does happen to you, you will be sorry you didn’t take the simple steps needed to avoid it. 

Tape it or Get Taped

Can someone spy on you through your laptop? 

YES!

The simplest and extremely effective thing you can do is grab a piece of tape and cover up your webcam. 

With such a simple solution, why wouldn’t you do it?

Do you want to tape it up and cover your camera, or do you want to be taped? 

Take your pick.

Conclusion

Hopefully after reading this you have come to the conclusion that, yes, you should cover your webcam. 

But don’t stop there. This advice applies to all your devices with cameras. Tablets, computers, laptops, etc. 

Online security is not something to be taken lightly. 

Covering up your webcam is easy to do and very effective, but there is more you can do. 

To learn more ways to protect yourself online as well as in general, check out ‘Evading and Escaping Capture’. 

Safe training!

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Article by Sam Fury

Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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