Should you cover your webcam?

Webcams have presented a security liability for years, yet many of us don’t cover them up. Should we? Edward Snowden, Mark Zuckerberg, and former FBI director James Comey all seem to — but none of us are celebrities or heads of state, so what good does it do us?
Well, not much! Tape might give you some peace of mind because it thwarts webcam attacks well, but the reality is that cameras and microphones are everywhere now, including in your voice-enabled TV remote, your Alexa device, and your phone. You can’t easily disable or tape over a microphone, and audio clips can be just as damaging as video content. Subscribe:

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27 thoughts on “Should you cover your webcam?

  • February 11, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Webcams aren't the only vulnerability for those concerned about security. We test covering a phone's microphone at 2:21, but there are better ways than tape to cover it up.
    How would you cover a microphone?

  • February 12, 2018 at 4:03 am

    You could disable or uninstall the webcam and/or microphone driver.

  • February 12, 2018 at 5:26 am

    This video looks like Vox videos!

  • February 12, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Cassidy wolf was really hot…..who wouldn’t spy her….??

  • February 12, 2018 at 5:35 am

    cellphones have them too

  • February 12, 2018 at 6:38 am

    This is fucked up, the issues need to be addressed and fixed – we can't be covering every fucking device 24/7

  • February 12, 2018 at 7:40 am

    you can easily disable microphone and camera drivers on ur computer, I think it would solve it

  • February 12, 2018 at 8:50 am

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  • February 12, 2018 at 8:54 am

    You probably should keep your laptop closed when you’re not using it.

  • February 12, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Yeah cover that shit up but keep your phones camera free so you can document every single moment of your shit life so hackers just can creep your insta

  • February 12, 2018 at 10:52 am

    So y'all worried bout this enough to make a video but no one's gonna say anything about all these high powered always on-always listening microphones people are installing in their homes? Amazon Apple & Googles spying smart speakers? Clearly they are all in a rush to try to obtain 'big data'!

  • February 12, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Should I cover my phone’s front facing camera?????

  • February 12, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I'm really sorry for those who wants to look at what I'm doing on front of my laptop XD

  • February 12, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Even with all technology we’ve for better future and still there are a lot going wrong in this 🌍

  • February 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    If someone doing this to someone and still there is a chance that someone else doing the same for them

    there is no end to hacking any digital devices unless you don’t have any

  • February 12, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Nobody wants to spy on you irrelevant people

  • February 12, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Snowden did a video on this with vice

  • February 12, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    What if your phone is not connected to the internet . would the microphone or cam hacking be resumed if one disconnects and then reconnects one's internet connection

  • February 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    win+r then type devmgmt.msc and disable your camera. this may work, right?

  • February 12, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    In the video you reach the conclusion that you needn't bother to cover your laptop's webcam. So why do you encourage people to do it anyway at the end? This just gives everyone a false sense of security. A false sense of security is counter-productive to the long-term security model of most users. So what's the point of this video?

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