Call the practice archaic and low-tech, but the worry-driven impulse to cover our webcams with tape has gained serious traction in the last few years. Indeed, the built-in cameras that ship with nearly any notebook present a serious security liability, one prioritized by even former FBI director James Comey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Moreover, Edward Snowden’s contentious leak of NSA documents unveiled reports of technology used by the government to hijack computer cameras and microphones. Naturally, the growing paranoia surrounding such data breaches and privacy violations got me thinking – are we doing enough to protect our computer behavior, especially in the era of smart speakers and facial recognition, and if not, how easy is it to hijack someone else’s device?

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