Why You Should Put a Post-It Over Your Laptop Camera

from Note to Self

How much would it take for someone to hack your life? And really, how worried do you actually need to be?

For most of us, this question stays in the realm of the hypothetical. For others, it only turns into a question after the worst has happened. For tech journalist Kevin Roose, co-host of Fusion’s new documentary series Real Future, it was a chance to be the human embodiment of a Fortune 500 company. On this week’s Note to Self, hear what happened when Roose asked some of the best hackers in the world to put him through a “penetration test,” or a “pen test.” 

As he explains it:

“Basically Coca Cola will bring in a hacker and say ‘I want you to spend a month trying as hard as you can  to get into our systems, exploit vulnerabilities, take advantage of weaknesses and report back to us what you found so we could fix it.’ And I thought, ‘What if I could do the personal version of that?'”

Using tactics from fake programs to remote desktop takeovers, to a simple YouTube video of some crying babies… Roose figured out exactly how much damage it’s possible to do.

Spoiler: This episode will make you want to put a PIN on your phone provider account. It’ll possibly make you want to download a security program like Little Snitch. At very least, it will probably make you want to cover up the camera on your computer.

More here.

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One Comment

  1. I feel as if the more tech savvy we have become as a country the more blind people have become when it comes to digitally protecting themselves. To many such as some of my friends I constantly hear the phrases “Yeah I doubt it will happen to me though”. This sort of thinking is exactly what these hackers want you to believe! I have witnessed one of my relatives have to go through a whole dilemma of identity fraud. This is real and can happen to almost anyone if you are not always seeking ways to better protect yourself. In an article I found called “Everything is hackable — and cyber criminals can’t be tracked” by Roger A. Grimes, it summarized that essentially all internet of things is hackable. This is scary when you truly think about it. This means that if an experienced hacker really wanted to steal your sensitive information it could be possible and especially easy if you leave yourself more vulnerable. Putting a sticky note on your laptops front camera is an initial step. There are many more ways to protect your sensitive information but it just takes an effort from you to learn how to. This is why a place called YouTube exists. Don’t be the guy to only act on this after the fact like one of my relatives..


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