Yesterday I visited a co-workers office and saw his Mac, iPad, and iPhone all had little pieces of tape covering the camera. Why?
Paranoia. Remember the rule. If everyone is out to get you, a little paranoia is the right attitude to have. Now, I know a little about modern technology and I bathe in some paranoia here and there, but my iPhone doesn’t have tape covering the camera. So, why did my co-worker go to that trouble?
Why? “I read an article on the internet which said I should. You know they can’t put it on the internet if it isn’t true.”
Unfortunately, that isn’t exactly true. Or, true at all. Despite what China and Russia do to keep their citizens in the dark about the rest of the world, that toothpaste doesn’t go back into the tube.
Unless your phone’s forward-facing camera has a cover on it, you may not be the only one with that picture in their mind — or on their computer screen. Unless, that is, you have a selfie-cam cover.
You can buy those cute ones with a flap on Amazon.
What’s the problem? Paranoia. Everyone has a dose. Some more than others.
Mark Zuckerberg accidentally revealed that even the King of Sharing had tape obscuring the view from his laptop’s camera.
Hey, if the tecno-nerd running Facebook has tape over his PC camera, then maybe there is something to this paranoia thing.
Paranoia has legs.
It wasn’t long ago that the idea of covering a laptop webcam was considered “paranoid,” as if to suggest that only the tinfoil-hat wearing would think such a measure necessary.
See how far it’s come?
What’s really going on? Just paranoia? Or, is someone really capable of hacking into the iPhone’s built-in Selfie cam?
There are real reasons to believe that hackers — both state actors and otherwise — gain access to innocent people’s computer webcams.
For those who don’t recall, in that aforementioned FaceTime screwup a teenager discovered that it was possible both to listen to and watch people through their iPhones — even if they had not accepted an incoming FaceTime call.
Actually, just to keep the facts straight, it was Group FaceTime, which is seldom used by comparison, and Apple fixed it. Not quickly, though.
Paranoia had already spread wings and legs.
Since I wear clothes while using the Mac at home, close the notebook’s lid when I’m done, my paranoia does not yet extend to the Mac’s camera. Also, the Selfie cam on my iPhone only looks at my face while I’m using the phone, then looks at the inside of my pocket, or the arm of my chair, or the ceiling when I’m not.
Have fun hacking that.
What do technology writers who preach Post-it Notes do themselves?
I practice what I preach. This writer has used the Post-it Note technique for a few years, and it works wonders.
How would you know?
Every now and then I get some weird looks from strangers or friends when they see that I cover my selfie camera
Oh, so you’re looking for weird looks while camera hackers are looking at you on your selfie cam for, uh, well, weird looks?
Sure, maybe iPhone and Mac cameras can be hacked and someone can spy on you from somewhere and maybe get a few chuckles for their effort, but even my paranoia does not extend to Post-it notes.