The FBI Director James Comey has advised laptop owners and anyone who has concerns for security, to put a tape over their computer webcams. This, he said, will prevent creeps from peeping into your private lives.
However, he adds in his statement that you shouldn’t disclose this advice to the feds.
According to the September 14 revelation, using “webcam stickers” – as a stopgap to more obvious security measures – might be the “most sensible thing to do”. He called it “common sense”.
“There’s some sensible things you should be doing, and that’s one of them,” James Comey said.
“You go into any government office and we all have the little camera things that sit on top of the screen,” he added. “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.”
The FBI Chief advised “ordinary Americans” and everyone to do this in order to protect their privacy.
“I hope people lock their cars. Lock your doors at night,” he said during a panel discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
“If you have an alarm system, you should use it,” he added, according to Laptopmag
The FBI Director made it known back in April that his laptop camera has remained covered, adding that he shares the public’s concern over privacy violations by security agencies. He gave the advice during a Q&A session at Kenyon College in Ohio.
In his explanations, Comey reveals that as the head of America’s reputatble law enforcement agency, he’s a high-profile target for hackers. So he’s knowledgeable in what can happen to anyone who dares to take this instruction for granted.
Image: FBI Director James Comey.
With laptop cameras becoming very easy to hack, Comey said it’s better to forget that security agencies might to spying on you, adding that the worry should be on perverts who may want to see you naked at home so they can take pictures and blackmail you for money.
“It’s not crazy that the FBI director cares about personal security as well,” the FBI director added. “So I think people ought to take responsibility for their own safety and security.”