Sure, some may call it “paranoid” to cover a laptop webcam with a piece of tape.
But others – including leading tech and academic gurus – say it’s one of the smartest things you can do to protect your privacy.
In June 2016, Zuckerberg took to Facebook to celebrate Instagram reaching a milestone of half a billion monthly active users.He posted a photo of himself smiling in one of his signature grey shirts, framed by a cardboard Instagram UI, with his Mac Book laptop seen on his desk in the background.Whether the whole tape revelation was intentional or not (I’m going to say it was), his precautions (he was also using Thunderbird as an email client, BTW) serve as a reminder to take cyber spying seriously.Also, the sandboxing of mobile operating systems makes hijacking a camera inherently more difficult.Besides, covering your phone's front-facing camera would make selfies a lot less convenient. However, it's probably less of a concern since, when you're not actively using your phone, it's typically in a pocket, handbag or sitting face-up or face-down on a tabletop.That means it's less of desirable target for hackers, since you're far less likely to be in a compromising position when you're in front of the camera.While the bra comes off immediately upon arrival home for many pavement-pounding ladies, some prefer to strip down completely in the privacy of their own homes – whether they’re cooking dinner or binging on Netflix.Let’s not forget than sleeping naked – especially on those breezy summer nights – makes for a better night’s sleep (and saves dollars on AC bills).If you don't want people watching you when you don't know it, the only thing that's a surefire method to make sure you aren't being recorded is to put a physical barrier over your webcam.After all, antivirus programs can't catch everything. It's definitely possible to hack into a phone camera, and it's been done, at least on Android.