Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg is covering his laptop cam 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 it 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 the latest photo, it can be seen that Mark is covering his laptop cam 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 😉
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.
3 things about this photo of Zuck:
Camera covered with tape
Mic jack covered with tape
Email client is Thunderbird pic.twitter.com/vdQlF7RjQt
— Chris Olson (@topherolson) June 21, 2016
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.
Comey admits he puts a piece of tape over the webcam lens on his laptop #KenyonCSAD
— The Kenyon Collegian (@KenyonCollegian) April 7, 2016
Though, 100% security or privacy is just a myth covering your laptop or cell phone 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.