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Unscientific Poll: Who's Got Tape Over Their Webcam?

Got a piece of electrical tape over that built-in camera?

Got something stuffed into the built in mike?

What countermeasures are you taking against the Lil' Brothers embedded in your electronics?

EDIT:

Then, of course, the article inspired by all of the responses:

http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com/index.php/entry/low-...

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I've had the same piece of

I've had the same piece of tape over my webcam for 5 years.

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The Salesman said "..but it doesn't have a wireless connection"

When purchasing a new computing machine, the Salesman said "..but it doesn't have a wireless connection".

I said, "Good. Then it is more secure".

I'll even unplug the wired network connection for long stretches of time.

Try hacking that. :)

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Thanks

you just reminded me that I had a small piece of duct tape stuck on the bottom side of my laptop that I used to use.

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
"Gold is the money of kings; silver is the money of gentlemen; barter is the money of peasants; but debt is the money of slaves."

I dont like the look of tape so I bought this online ....

... http://www.amazon.com/Webcam-Cover-Laptops-Pad-Devices/dp/B0...

"Freedom is never easy in a world of tyranny" - ME

Tape on the iPad Cam. Yes, but...



But, I call it a flexible lens cap!
I prefer the blue painters tape, comes up easy!

Exercise Liberty!


America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

Thought I was the only one... the originator, lol. Guess not..

What's this I hear about stuffing a microphone?
I need to get on that cause they're definitely spying on me.

PEOPLE OPPOSING TYRANNY - Real Grass Roots!
Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

why are they definitely

why are they definitely spying on you?

that's called a joke..

...who're you, J. Edgar Hoover?

PEOPLE OPPOSING TYRANNY - Real Grass Roots!
Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

Silence is golden

Duct tape is silver.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Kick big brother out of your computer

switch to Ubuntu. I use no virus scanner for the past two years and had no trouble with any virus try to take over my computer. My daughter refused to switch, and I had to use Ubuntu to scan her windows computer to remove viruses all the time.

It's pretty hard to crack into ubuntu operating system if used correctly. No need for electrical tape here.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

In ubuntu,

you can even hardware disable the camera by unloading the driver:
$ sudo rmmod uvcvideo
then to enable
$ sudo modprobe uvcvideo

or blacklist it from startup in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

I don't use blacktape, I blacklist :)

I AM is all that is. Everything else is malleable.

Thanks for the tip

One thing with Ubuntu you can learn to do anything with your computer, nothing is secret.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

ROFL

I laughed so hard when my friend's paranoid, technologically clueless dad freaked out over a built in webcam and put tape over it.

What are you doing in front of your webcam that you are so fearful of? Worried the NSA will tune in to see a 40 year old man masturbating? C'mon.

We live in a surveillance state. The proper response to that is to be aware of it, not to put tape over one of their 80 cameras and pretend you aren't being spied on because of that.

Freedom in our lifetime! - fiol.us

I'm a tech at an Apple Certified Store...

I see about 40% of people cover up their webcams with tape.

This is the voice of

This is the voice of authority. This is also why DP is awesome.

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You can simply uninstall the

You can simply uninstall the driver software for the camera or mics. No need to do something rediculous like put tape over it.
With the mics, they can probably hear you anyway unless you cover them with several layers at least.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

On windows?

If someone could get to your machine via a virus or NSA backdoor or whatever wouldn't they just install their own driver under another name, without you ever knowing it?

I use electrical tape.

If someone is that persistant

If someone is that persistant you have more problems than you think. Someone who did that would forego the cam and mic and just go straight to recording what you are doing on the computer.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Isn't tape easier/quicker to

Isn't tape easier/quicker to reverse?

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Also author of Stick it to the Man!

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Bwahahaha!

Too funny. Ummm...I do...red electrical...I take it off for Skype calls. Been using the same damn piece of tape for months...

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

I smashed my built in cam with a screw driver

I can't stand the piece of sticky note over it...I guess I'm a little aDDish.

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A Frontal Lobotomy?

Did you use an ice pick and hammer?

I don't have a webcam, for

I don't have a webcam, for this reason. If i did i would cover it. The other thing to worry about is the microphone on your cell phone and camera somewhat. The microphone could be secured 100% with a 0.1 cent hardware switch. Shame the phone companies don't put it on. You could retrofit one for very little.

Even without the NSA one picture could be extortion. I don't know how anyone would be comfortable sitting in front of a camera they don't know how to fully turn off. And unless you have disassembled the laptop and have a good understanding of electronics you don't know how to turn it off fully.

Does anyone remember the story of a school who used this to spy on children?

It's good to know

that I'm not the only one. Looks like I'm in good company! :-)

I covered my webcam with P-Touch tape. I would cover up the mic

but don't know where it is on my MAC laptop. ( :

A.Hansen

It's not paranoia

if they're actually out to get you.

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http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com

Also author of Stick it to the Man!

http://www.amazon.com/Stick-Man-Richard-Moyer/dp/1484036417

Guilty

A small piece of paper blacked out w Black Marker folded over the camera.

Love this post!

LOL! Yup!

Electrical tape or one of my daughter's many stickers...

lmfao,

i do on my tablets and phone

electrical tap...

i don't plugin my pc cams unless needed.

Small piece of thin cardboard...

attached with some medical tape...

and flips up and down, for my convenience.

Glad to know I'm not the only one.

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