It probably makes sense to follow the lead of the Facebook founder who not only covers his computer's camera but his microphones as well. He reminds us of taking the cyber spying seriously.
2. If you are a woman, you are more vulnerable
While cyber-stalking and spying affect all sexes, women are particularly vulnerable to the modern-day "Peeping Tom".
When you already have to deal with creepy dudes on the regular, why add another potential layer to this?
3. FBI recommends it
FBI director James Comey proudly defends his choice to cover the camera. Comey said that physically covering the webcam is a common-sense step that everyone should follow – whether you’re an FBI agent or a stay-at-home mom.
4. You can walk freely around naked
Do you know what can really kill that freedom? A creep watching and documenting it all on the other side of your webcam; don’t let it happen to you.
5. You are on your laptop more than ever
In our increasingly interconnected, freelance economy, we are on our laptops more than ever. The more time we spend in front of them, the higher the odds that we could be recorded.
The next time someone spots your covered camera and accuses you of being too paranoid, you can inform them that hacking is actually a lot more common than you would think.
You don’t have to be a celebrity or politician to fall victim to it, either. Once hackers tap into your computer via relatively easy-to-use remote administration tools (RATS), you can kiss your privacy goodbye without realizing you’re doing so.
All the hacker has to do is send an email with a link to a website, image, or video, and the user is tricked into downloading a small piece of malicious software on their computer.