When you want to use the camera, just lift the coin up and fold it back over the top of your computer screen.
There are many other creative solutions that our readers have come up with and posted to our blog site.
Monitor your front door, security for your office, your refrigerator, or anything!
We just recently set up a reef tank in the office and wanted a cool way to check on it while we were away (we are total dorks, we know). It was cheap and easy and with No-IP, you can check in online, even if you have one of those pesky dynamic IPs. Just make sure that you aren’t invading anyone’s privacy or breaking any of these laws. You can find a cheap one online, we ordered ours from Amazon. Our reef tank cam is attached with electrical tape to the side of the tank.
Many webcams on notebook computers have indicator lights on them that let you know when your camera is actively capturing video.
It may be possible (on some cameras) to disable the activity light through software hacks or modifying configuration settings.
The latest story from the Edward Snowden leaks yesterday drives home that the NSA and its spy partners possess specialized tools for doing exactly that.
According to , the NSA uses a plug-in called GUMFISH to take over cameras on infected machines and snap photos.