For home security, keep your webcam covered

Cover your webcam when not in use to prevent thieves hacking it to scan your home for security weaknesses.

If the FBI Director (and apparently Mark Zuckerberg) cover their webcams with tape, maybe you should, too.

An interviewer at the Center for Strategic and International Studies conference, asked FBI Director James Comey if he covers his devices with tape. “Heck yeah, heck yeah,” Comey responded. His comments came within the context of a larger discussion around the internet. Comey urged people not to assume someone else was going to ensure their computer security was up to snuff.

“I think people ought to be taking personal responsibility for their own safety and security,” Comey continued. “So there are some sensible things you ought to be doing and that’s one of them.”

Comey went on to explain that it was common practice at the FBI and any government office to use physical covers over webcams.

“You go into any government office, we all have our little camera things that sit on top of the screen,” he said. “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.”

Given the rise in hacking and the ease with which hackers appear to be able to gain access to home computers, it seems the sensible thing to do if you don’t have a lens cover on your web cams. Use a piece of tape, or tape a small piece of cloth that is easy to lift when using the camera and lower when finished.

Here are some more tips for improving general security around your home.