Mark Zuckerberg puts tape over his laptop cam; you should do the same

Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg is covering his laptop camera with tape while the microphone with a mic jack — Though for some it must be funny but actually, it’s a serious thing to do and you should do the same!

Edward Snowden taught us a lot about privacy or about those hackers and state-backed spies eager to hack us, steal our personal stuff and keep an eye on us by infiltrating our devices. But is seems like someone was taking serious notes from whatever Snowden was revealing and that someone is none other than the founder of Facebook Mr. Mark Zuckerberg. In a latest photo, it can be seen that Mark is covering his laptop camera with a tape and the microphone with a mic jack in order to protect himself from aforementioned elements.

Yes, looks like Mark is not only taking advice from Snowden but also reading¬†HackRead’s article on covering cell phones and laptop cameras with tape¬†ūüėČ

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What actually happened is that Zuckerberg posted a photo on Tuesday celebrating Instagram’s 500 Million monthly user milestone, but the picture went viral¬†noticing the carefully placed tape on his cam and mic jack on the left corner of his laptop.

The details about this image were¬†first discovered by a user on¬†Twitter¬†who seems to have supernatural eyesight¬†as it was impossible for a normal user to identify the covered cam and mic jack on the laptop’s dual microphones. However, some users claimed the picture is fake and Gizmodo revealed¬†Zuckerberg has been posting images and videos from the same desk.

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Zuckerberg is not the only high-profile person trying to protect his privacy by covering cams on his gadgets, in fact, FBI Director James Comey admitted using a piece of tape over the webcam lens on his laptop. 

Though, 100% security or privacy is just a myth covering your laptop or cellphone cams can indeed block hackers and spies from taking snapshots¬†or recording videos of you. Hence, it is always advisable to cover your device’s cam.

Written by Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.