FBI director James Comey says everyone should put tape over their laptop webcam to prevent being spied on.
Security experts have previously claimed that webcams can be easily hacked and allow hackers to watch people as they use their computers.
The importance of covering your webcam was highlighted earlier this year when an official photograph of Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the Facebook chief covers the webcam and microphone on his MacBook Pro.
Zuckerberg’s stance on webcams has been backed up by FBI chief James Comey, who claims it is one of the most “sensible things” users can do when using a computer.
While the webcams on PCs and laptops allow us to Skype and make video calls, they are also particularly vulnerable to hackers. Once a hacker gains access to your webcam they can use it to watch and record video and also sound of whatever is going on around them.
The recorded information could then be used for blackmail, obtain confidential information or break the security used on other systems or online accounts.
Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies conference earlier this week, Mr Comey said that all US government offices cover up their webcams and that citizens should also do the same.
Regarding covering up webcams, Mr Comey said: “There’s some sensible things you should be doing, and that’s one of them.”
“You go into any government office and we all have the little camera things that sit on top of the screen. They all have a little lid that closes down on them. You do that so that people who don’t have authority don’t look at you. I think that’s a good thing.”
Via: Ars Technica