Have you ever covered the camera on your laptop or turned your smartphone face down so that the camera lens isn’t facing anything but the cold, hard table? Were you mocked, made fun of, or told you were being a conspiracy theorist if you thought the prying eyes of hackers could access your camera? Well, now advice is coming from FBI director James Comey that there is nothing conspiratorial about that at all. In fact, he’s recommending that Americans cover up their webcams.
In fact, not only is Comey recommending that you cover your webcam, he admitted on Wednesday that he does so himself.
During remarks delivered to the Center for Strategic and International Studies conference, Comey said, “There’s some sensible things you should be doing, and that’s one of them.”
As he spoke about covering your webcam, he revealed that doing so is common practice and expectation in government offices.
“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.”
As Comey continued to defend his recommendation, he likened it to personal security practices of locking the doors on your car and home.
“I hope people lock their cars,” he said. “Lock your doors at night… if you have an alarm system, you should use it.”
“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.”
What do you think? Do you agree with Comey that it’s a good thing? Do you cover your webcam to keep prying eyes away from you or do you think such fears are unwarranted?