Mark Does It.. Bill Does It... Perhaps You Should As Well!!

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  1. Jeffrey

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    The importance of covering your webcam was highlighted earlier this year when an official photograph of Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the Facebook chief covers the webcam and microphone on his MacBook Pro.

    Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have made it a practice for some time.
    Now, FBI director James Comey says everyone should put tape over their laptop webcam to prevent being spied on.

    While the webcams on PCs and laptops allow us to Skype and make video calls, they are also easy to hack. Once a hacker gains access to your webcam they can use it to watch you and record videos.

    The recorded information could then be used for blackmail, obtain confidential information or break the security used on other systems or online accounts.

    Mr Comey said that all US government offices cover up their webcams and that citizens should also do the same.




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    "Mr Comey said that all US government offices cover up their webcams and that citizens should also do the same."
    Again, Mr Comey has trouble stating the truth. NOT ALL government offices cover up their webcams. Just discussed this with a friend I worked with before I retired from the US Government, and his office does NOT cover up all the webcams; nor has he been told to do so.
    I will say that we both went to this agency from another Federal agency years ago, and the agency we both worked for DOES and has always covered the webcams. But the agency I actually retired from and he still works at, is a US GOVERNMENT AGENCY, and they do not require covering of webcams.
    Just stating a fact....
     
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    I suppose Mr Comey's practice of truth or making overstatements or under-statements doesn't change whether putting tape over your webcam should be a consideration.

    Nothing much to see in front of my webcam but think I might do it anyway.

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    I just disable it through "device manager", but I supposed covering it with tape is a better option....
     
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    They can search the IRQ and turn it back on.

    I've had tape over my camera's for years. I'll never get a smart TV for this reason as well.

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    Wouldn't full drive encryption make the hacks next to impossible? I have the option to encrypt my drive on my laptop, just haven't done it yet.

    Also, at least on mine, when the camera is on, there is a white LED that comes on right next to the lens. So I would know if the camera has power.
     
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    Hard drive encryption has absolutely no effect on "hacks" or webcam/microphone activation. Also, it's easy for someone who already knows how to activate your camera to also disable the "on" light.
     
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    I actually did the same. I disabled mine on my work laptop. I **** you not, I just checked and it was re-enabled. I will be covering it from now on.
     
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    Smart TV's has its advantage.. Mine does not have a built in webcam...
     
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    No but they can hack into the interface which gives them full control on your network.

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    My TV is plugged into my router which is firewalled.. What makes my TV more vulnerable than any other device on my network?
     
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    A wifi enabled TV.

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