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Zuckerberg Covers His Webcam, Here Is Why You Must Do It Too
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Zuckerberg Covers His Webcam, Here Is Why You Must Do It Too

In June 2016, Instagram celebrated reaching 500 million monthly users by posting a photo of Mark Zuckerberg enjoying the moment. But some sharp observers in the web noticed a few really important details on his laptop, which had its webcam and microphone jack covered with tape.

Apparently, Zuckerberg, the founder, and CEO of Facebook is more aware than the general public on the risk of any prying eyes by gaining control of his webcam. And ironically speaking, earlier this week it was reported that Facebook is planning to secretly watch and record users through their webcams and smartphone cameras based on the newly discovered patent .

Almost a year ago, the now infamous FBI director James Comey, advised during a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, to put a piece of tape over laptop's webcam, claiming the security step was a common sense one that most should take. "There are some sensible things you should be doing, and that's one of them," he added.

In 2010, a Pennsylvania school was caught for secretly taking photos of students through the webcams on school-issued laptops. Additionally, there has been a thriving black market for compromised webcam photos and videos as BBC reported. BC reporter claimed the going price for access to a woman's webcam was priced at $1 per girl, whereas computer webcams belonging to men cost $1 for one hundred. These hackers have devised programs that can capture images and record videos even by overriding the 'record 'light next to webcams.

They say prevention is always better than cure, so find a tape or a binder clip and cover your laptop's webcam today itself.

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