FBI Director warns people to tape their Webcams and the reason will frighten you
“Big Brother is watching you” that line from George Orwell’s dystopian novel is making more and more sense every day. The latest in public surveillance warnings comes from none other than the director of the FBI James Comey who says that you should put tape on your webcams and microphones.
How exactly are we being watched through our own webcams? Well!! You’ll be surprised to know how this is possible.
1 You are not alone because somebody is watching you
Even as you do shady stuff on the internet or spend hours chatting away with friends, someone is watching you!! It was none other than Edward Snowden who spilled a major can of beans revealing the technology behind NASAs optic nerve operation which had an ability that will undoubtedly shock you out of your wits.
The technology allowed personal webcams to capture images of almost 1.8 million users who used yahoo. The data pertaining to the images were then stored secretly on a government server. That was way back in 2008. Imagine the level of advancement such technology has undergone in the last 8 years.
2 FBI director claims he tapes his webcam
Last year the internet was full of reports on how smartphone technology with location capabilities could be used to spy and track the activities of a user. If that wasn’t frightening enough, today we learn of similar tracking devices infiltrating our computers and using our own webcams to spy on us.
In early 2016, FBI director James Comey dropped a bombshell when he stated he tapes his webcam of his own personal computer. Why would a public official of such a security sensitive organization do a thing like that? Was he was privy to classified information pertaining to such activity? Think about that!!Most people were already irked at Comeys comment previously that people shouldn’t make their devices unhackable as it created obstacles for national security. Now is that man for real?
3 Are we slowly entering Orwell’s 1984?
It definitely seems that the dystopian world of 1984 is secretly bearing down upon us without our awareness and knowledge because your life isn’t at all as private as you think it to be. Even Mark Zuckerberg recently posted a photo on social media showing his laptop webcam taped with black tape.
Well the only way to prevent such an infringement on your privacy is to take Comey’s advice and tape your webcam and your microphone too. To quote Comey
“I saw something in the news, so I copied it. I put a piece of tape — I have obviously a laptop, personal laptop — I put a piece of tape over the camera. Because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera’’.
4 Stay safe!! Tape your webcam
Comey also went on to say that everyone in the FBI as well as government taped their webcams to prevent intrusions of privacy for both personal and security issues.
Technology has made several sophisticated advancements in such activities and whether or not we are being spied upon, the best advice would be to follow suit and tape your webcam to stay safe.