Mark Zuckerberg — Facebook
This past Tuesday, June 21st, Mark Zuckerberg posted this picture to his Facebook page to celebrate 500 million users on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. A nice tribute to the success of the social media platform by someone who helped made it happen was put on the back-burner when twitter user Chris Olsen (@topherolsen) pointed out a few things about the picture. Zuckerberg’s camera and mic jack was covered in tape. It may seem like a silly thing to do but a simple piece of tape can be the last line of defense when someone is trying to hack your camera.
Is Zuckerberg being paranoid or is he just being cautious?
Covering your camera on your computer or laptop is not as unusual as you might think. FBI Director, James Comey admit that he does that too. “I saw something in the news, so I copied it. I put a piece of tape — I have obviously a laptop, personal laptop — I put a piece of tape over the camera. Because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera.”
People’s webcams get hack to everyday. So much that they are not able to create a specific percentage to illustrate it. It is a growing concern for consumers, especially high profile targets and young women.
You might think, “I don’t have a webcam so I’ll be safe.” That isn’t true. Almost anything can be hacked. There is a camera on your phone, baby monitors, gaming consoles and security cameras.
To keep yourself protected is simple, have a strong password. For both your camera and your wifi. Do not keep the default password and disable remote access. You should even change it every few months to be extra safe. If you can log in remotely, that means others can too. Any camera that is connected to the internet can be hacked. Think to yourself, do you really need it connected and if not, disconnect it.
Another way is to have up to date anti-virus and anti-malware software on your computer. Don’t click on any strange links or emails. It is all Internet safety 101.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and LinkedIn has been hacked before. This probably says that he used the same or similar passwords for both. We can blame Zuckerberg for being a little cautious.
The next time you feel like someone is watching you, maybe put a post it over your cameras.