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Nope Looks Dope If You Don’t Want Your Webcam Spying On You

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At Disrupt NYC earlier this year a TC colleague walked past the table where I was sitting and clocked my MacBook Air, which its patch of dog-eared masking tape covering the webcam, and said: “Wow, you’re so paranoid!” I quipped that Europeans generally are.

But in the digital sphere these days it pays to be paranoid. So covering a webcam is a not unreasonable security precaution — against hackers or even overreaching government surveillance programs.

If it’s connected it can be hacked. So the only way to be sure your hardware is not enabling a remote Peeping Tom is to physically cover the lens. Hence folk reaching for the reassuring certainty of masking tape.

But of course tape is not a pleasing fix to stick on your electronics. If you do need to use the webcam you have to peel off the tape, which takes times and can leave a gunky mess behind. It’s also not exactly convenient to…

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