For cameras possibly hidden high up, in lightbulbs or smoke detectors, staying out of sight can be difficult. Christian Cawley is a Deputy Editor at Make Use Of, covering security, Linux, DIY and programming.Do you suspect unauthorized surveillance of your movements? He has extensive experience in IT desktop and software support.
Another way that smartphones can be used is by detecting light reflecting from a lens.
Note, however, that the problem with this is as soon as you do this, you may well alert the observer to your realization.
However, if you’re determined to be seen, you should employ things like masking tape or adhesive putty to cover the lens, or conduct affairs beyond the camera’s viewing angle.
Every buzz meant another text message charge on my bill. As I belatedly realized, a reply of any kind confirms to cellphone spammers that they’ve reached a working number—which they can then sell to other spammers.
The volume of text spam remains comparatively small, because those spammers who are just trying to sell a product—Cialis, say, or fake Rolexes—have largely stuck to email, which remains the cheaper option. The latest wave of text scams is a cut above your typical Nigerian bank fraud. S.-based e-crooks and semi-legal websites, these swindles use confusing privacy notices and fine-print consent forms to lend a veneer of plausibility to attempts to separate you from your personal and financial information.