Okay, so most of us aren't big shots like James Comey, the director of the FBI, and Mark Zukerberg, the genius behind Facebook. But the two men are just part of a growing trend among computer users and are covering up the webcams on their laptops. And in the case of Zuckerberg, the mic jack, too.
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Comey has admitted to doing so, telling a group of college students that he put a piece of tape over the camera because "I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera.” Facebook's CEO has so far stayed mum, but sharp-eyed Twitter users saw that he'd engaged in some covering up--again, with an ordinary piece of tape--this week when he posted a photo of himself at his desk.
Why the paranoia? Because hackers can hijack the camera and spy on you, no matter what brand of computer you own. So maybe you're not guarding (or sending) top-secret federal or business info, but someone can watch you go about your bedtime routine or Skype with your long-distance family members or watch funny cat videos. And hackers have done just that on countless people--from college students to married couples, famous and non.
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While there are fancy stickers for sale to place over the webcam, all you really need is an ordinary piece of scotch tape--a low-tech solution to a very high-tech problem.