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WE TAKE THEM EVERYWHERE

That smartphone in your hand has two webcams, as does your tablet, and your laptop has at least one and possibly two. We take them everywhere we go – at home, at work, into the bathroom, and set them on our bedside table at night. Are you taking precautions to protect your privacy?

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PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY

There are many examples of women who have been cyber stalked and photographed through their computers without their knowledge. One school teacher found this out the hard way when police added  to her embarrassment by laughing and calling her stupid while showing her explicit pictures of herself and reading her private messages out loud.

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PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY

Several school districts have been accused of installing software to spy on children and families in their homes by secretly taking pictures through the webcam. In one such case, Lower Merion School District paid $610K.

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THE FOUNDER OF FACEBOOK DOES IT

Social media was abuzz after Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a photo showing that he covers his webcam to protect his own privacy. Hackers don’t only target the rich and famous. Thousands have been affected by blackmail and revenge porn.

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TAPE LOOKS TACKY

Everybody has post-it notes or tape stuck on their monitors. It looks tacky and does not work well on cell phones and tablets. Good news – we have found some great solutions for laptops, tablets, and phones. Browse the catalog of our top picks with links to buy for the best price available.

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WE DID THE RESEARCH FOR YOU

We used each webcam cover on our own phones, tablets, and laptops in everyday situations just like you. Read our reviews to find out what we liked and didn’t like and which we prefer for each application.

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MAC'S ARE NOT IMMUNE

The days are long gone when Mac users could dismiss hacking as something for PC users to worry about. In recent years malware has been widely distributed that can turn on a Mac computer’s webcam remotely without any indication, the camera indicator light does not even come on.

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MANY EMPLOYERS USE VIDEO SURVEILANCE

More than half of employers surveyed by the American Management Association admitted to already using video monitoring in the workplace. Limitations vary by state and local ordinance. Do you know your rights?

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EVEN THE FBI DIRECTOR COVERS HIS WEBCAM

FBI Director James Comey covers the webcam on his laptop and explained that doing so is common practice at the FBI and other government offices, and advised doing so as one of the “sensible things” everyone should do for their own safety and security.

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WEBCAM PRIVACY COVERS

The news is full of stories about people who were watched through their webcam without their knowledge. The best way to protect yourself is with a webcam privacy cover. We tested quite a few privacy covers and even made some of our own. Here is a collection of the best we found for use with webcams, laptops, tablets, and cell phones, including convenient links to buy from Amazon.com

PRODUCT REVIEWS

We tested each of the webcam privacy covers in everyday use, at home, school, work, church, and while traveling. Along the way we developed preferences for use with external webcams, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. Here you will find our observations, likes, dislikes, and recommendations for protecting your privacy.

WEBCAM PRIVACY & SECURITY NEWS

We scour the media for the latest news about webcam privacy and security and bring it together in one convenient place. Browse the articles below and sign up for our newsletter so we can send you updates as we discover new products and news you can use to protect your privacy.

How to disable your webcam

Almost everything that we use these days can be connected to the internet. Our televisions, lights, washing machines and even refrigerators can be Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. These everyday sm…

February 14, 2017 News

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