When it comes to security, you can’t be too careful when you go onto the Information Superhighway. Webcams and microphones can be a lot of fun; after all, without webcams you couldn’t watch adorable baby pandas. However, while you’re watching webcam feeds, you don’t know who is secretly watching you. Mark Zuckerberg knows that; Facebook’s founder and CEO has taped over his laptop webcam and microphone in an attempt to be extra secure.
A picture posted to Instagram of Zuckerberg celebrating a milestone is what triggered the surge in duct tape sales. Zuck was celebrating Facebook passing 500 million active users, and yet, all people can talk about is his rudimentary anti-surveillance techniques. As it turns out, people can use your webcam to watch you and your microphone to listen in on your conversations, so perhaps it’s a good idea to hide the all-seeing eye unless you’re into being watched.
However, a strip of gaffer tape over the microphone won’t do much good; Mashable suggests plugging in an old set of earbuds with built-in mic, then snipping the wire just below the microphone nub.
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