So, your paranoid relative who taped over his computer camera was right:
As hacking scandals and sextortion schemes show up more and more often in the news, it can feel like there’s no real way to keep yourself safe. Luckily, when it comes to someone trying to hack your laptop camera, there’s one thing you can use that’s simple, inexpensive, FBI-approved and will do the trick completely: a piece of tape.
Why would you tape your camera? Your laptop camera is hackable, and it’s not even terribly difficult to do that. Using a remote administration tool, hackers can easily get access to your files, your private data and a live feed from your webcam from anywhere in the world.
Both hackers and the FBI know how to turn your camera on without turning on the indicator light that usually shines when your webcam is active. The threat of some government operative tuning in is so great that even the director of the FBI tapes over his laptop.
Time to find the One Direction Duct Tape.* Or, you could buy one of these.
Oh, and they hear you, too.
*Yes, I really own this. I have teenagers.
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