The Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, has a very novel, yet?commonsensical way of ensuring online privacy, and it is duct tape. At a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, FBI director James Comey warned the public about the danger of online hacking. He asked people to take extra precaution by putting a piece of tape over their webcams and microphones. Comey even boasted that government offices are employing the same practice to protect their privacy.
In the speech, Director Comey said:
?There?s some sensible things you should be doing, and that?s one of them. You go into any government office and we all have the little camera things that sit on top of the screen.?They all have a little lid that closes down on them.?You do that so that people who don?t have authority don?t look at you. I think that?s a good thing.?
The director openly admitted that, he too, put a piece of tape over his cameras at work and even at home. He reiterated that protecting one?s self against online intrusions must be taken on a personal level. The public must be sensible enough to take actions when it come to their security. The director even likened the idea to making sure house and car doors are properly locked.
Earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was ridiculed when he posted a photo of him on his very own social media website. In the said photo, anyone can see his laptop in the background with the camera and microphone covered with tapes. Unbeknownst to many, Mark cannot be any more right in doing so.
A couple of years back, public CCTVs, baby monitors, and webcams came under attack by online hackers. Meanwhile, some people were ?live streamed? on YouTube from their very own computers.
Online privacy should be taken seriously. Everyone should be responsible enough and take precautionary measures. If it means that the public would need to make their devices look ?unsightly? by sticking a piece of tape on it, so be it. Online privacy should not be taken lightly.
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