Editor’s note: This post was updated in October 2018 to reflect emerging trends in the industry.
Thanks to the popular photograph of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his tape-covered laptop camera that’s circulating around the internet, webcam hacking has become a hot topic of conversation.
Affecting thousands of people each year, the most common way that hackers access a person’s computer is through remote access trojans – a malware program that’s downloaded by a user unknowingly when clicking a bad link or by downloading a corrupt file. Once a hacker has access to a person’s computer through this malware, they then have the ability to spy on a person through the computer’s webcam. Even worse, this kind of malware often disables the camera’s LED light, so you’d never know your camera has been hijacked just by looking at it.
While antivirus programs can help with webcam security, the only surefire method to make sure you aren’t being recorded is to put a physical barrier over your webcam, like with Mark Zuckerberg and his use of tape. Even FBI Director James Comey recommends covering your webcam cover with tape.
How to Protect Yourself From Webcam Hacking
While tape could certainly get the job done, we prefer to use a more durable, long-lasting solution, such as C-Slide webcam covers. Featuring 3M double-sided adhesive that works on computers, smart TVs, monitors, laptops, and even some external webcams, these computer covers are thin enough to allow a laptop computer to easily shut, and durable enough to protect you for years to come. Plus, the handy sliding feature is great as it allows you to still use your camera without having to remove something from your computer each time you need to record a video or take a photo.
Our C-slide webcam covers are available in a variety of styles, including our standard plastic sliding option, as well as an upscale metal sliding option. We also have a metal swivel webcam cover for those looking for something a little bit different, and let’s not forget about cell phones and tablets, which can be hacked in the exact same way as a computer! We have webcam cover stickers, HD fiber webcam covers, peep webcam covers, and mini sliding plastic covers, all designed with tablet and cell phone protection in mind. Just like our computer camera covers, these phone camera covers easily and cleanly apply to your phone or tablet to cover up your camera when it’s not in use to keep your privacy protected.
Advertising with Custom Webcam Covers
When printed with your custom design webcam covers make fantastic promotional pieces for tech companies, schools, computer stores, government agencies, and so much more! The advertising possibilities with custom webcam covers are endless. Hand them out at tradeshows, sell them in your place of business, give them to your customers or employees, use them as mailers to promote an event, etc. Anyone who uses technology, which let’s face it, is almost everyone, can use these handy items. What better way is there to advertise than by putting your message right in people’s hands, on items they use every day? They’ll have you to thank for keeping their privacy safe!
Depending on the product, there are a few different customization options available. All of our webcam covers can be directly printed or engraved with your logo or message, but most of our webcam covers also come with the option to personalize the packaging. A standard C-Slide webcam cover comes packaged on a printed piece of card stock which features webcam cover facts and application instructions, but if you’d like to up your advertising game, this piece of card stock can easily be customized to feature your custom artwork. Whether you want to brand it with your logo, a special message, or a photograph, the sky is the limit. You’ve got 4″ x 6″ to display what you want, in beautiful, vivid full color. The best part of all? It’s only a few cents more per item to upgrade to custom packaging! Plus, often times, the card size can even be customized if your project requires a particular design.
Still not convinced that webcam hacking could happen to you?
This video taken from C-Slide’s website, though a bit comical, was more than enough to make us cover up our devices!
From clip on budget options to webcam cover security packs, we’ve got you covered – literally! Call us or shop our full collection of custom webcam covers online today to start protecting your privacy!