*FBI Director Says You Should Cover Your Webcam With Tape

by Mohit Kumar   …..

Should you put a tape or a sticker over the lens of your laptop’s webcam? FBI Director James Comey recently came out defending his own use of tape to cover his personal laptop’s webcam.

During a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, when Comey was asked if he still put tape over his cameras at home, he replied:

“Heck yeah, heck yeah. And also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I am much mocked for that, but I hope people lock their cars… lock your doors at night. I have an alarm system. If you have an alarm system you should use it, I use mine.”

Comey went on to explain that it was common practice at the FBI and other government offices to cover computers and laptops’ webcams with tape or any physical cover.

“It’s not crazy that the FBI Director cares about personal security as well,” he continued. “If you go into any government office, we all have our little camera things that sit on top of the screen, they all have a little lid that closes down on them, you do that, so people who do not have authority don’t look at you, I think that’s a good thing.”

Comey believes that putting a cover over webcams is one of the “sensible things” that everyone should be doing to “take responsibility for their own safety and security.”

Edward Snowden Leaks revealed the NSA’s Optic Nerve operation that was carried out to capture webcam images every 5 minutes from random Yahoo users, and in just six months, images of 1.8 Million users’ were captured and stored on the government servers in 2008.

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One thought on “*FBI Director Says You Should Cover Your Webcam With Tape

  1. Anything connected by wi-fi is vulnerable. That includes cameras attached to computers. Unless you cover the camera you run the rick of being watched and not know it.

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