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Protect Your Privacy; Find Hidden Cameras Around You

Updated on April 9, 2013

Someone can watch you!!


With science getting more advanced, and a lot of curious minds out there, we cannot say which place is safe and which is not. People are curious and this curiosity has led to the use of hidden cameras in a completely wrong way! A way, which is typically aimed to destroy your privacy! Have a look on the following news and you'll understand what do I mean by "privacy" here.

And the bitter truth is that, this is one of many news that is published online!

So, what is a hidden camera?

A hidden camera is a still or video camera used to film people without their knowledge. In short, to spy on them! It is kept hidden, that's why known as a hidden camera. These are also known as "nanny cams". It can be wired or wireless. A wired camera is connected to a TV, computer or any such device. Whereas wireless cameras transmit video signals to a receiver within a short distance, usually few hundred feet.

Now, the question is how would you know even if there's a camera around you?

Ideal places for hidden cameras: The places to be checked at hotels

There are some usual places where hidden cameras are placed. They are usually incorporated with the inanimate objects present in the room to hide them. Some of such usual spots are:

  • Smoke detector: The most ideal place to hide a hidden camera. You can't even think that the smoke detector present in your room is actually watching you! People never think about it.
  • Electrical outlets/ plug sockets: We don't use every single plug socket when we visit a hotel, do we?? This is another ideal place to hide a camera.
  • Clock, lamps, radio, artificial plants, air purifier, paintings, etc: You need to be very careful. Any of the mentioned thing may hide a camera around them. It is very easy to hide a camera inside or around them.
  • Behind the wall mounted mirrors: Yep... Mirrors can also 'watch' you. The mirror present in your room may also have 'eyes'!!

So, you see every place, in fact, every object in a hotel room can accommodate a hidden camera.

Can you think of a pinhole camera in a pen??

No worries... You can protect your privacy..!!

What can you do?? You should try your best to protect your privacy, don't you think?? I have some tips on how you can protect your privacy.

  • Check the smoke detector. Use a ladder or chair to reach up to the height of the smoke detector. Then take a torch/flashlight and flash the light on the detector. If you see small glass lenses then watch it, the smoke detector has a camera!!
  • Check every single plug socket/ electrical outlet. Use every single sockets. Try to charge your cell phone or laptop or any other electrical device. If the socket has a camera, it won't work. Or at least you can put something in front of it, to avoid becoming an entertainment film for some "cheapo" .
  • You should search for pinhole cameras in the books, paintings, air purifier etc. Use a torch/ flashlight and check carefully. If you find a pinhole sized hole then it might contain a camera. However, pinhole cameras are not usually found in walls as it needs construction.
  • Also search for wiring for wired cameras. If you see any unusual wire coming out from 'somewhere' and going 'nowhere' then that can be a part of a hidden camera.
  • You've got two methods to check whether the wall mounted mirror has got eyes or not. First method, take a flashlight and flash the light on the mirror. Take the flashlight towards the mirror until it touches the mirror. If you see the light is passing through the mirror or if you can see across the mirror then that mirror has got 'eyes'. Such mirrors are called as a one way or two way mirrors. In second method, you can simply use your finger tip. Put the tip of your finger on the mirror. If you see a distance between your fingertip and the image then that means it's a normal mirror and doesn't contains any danger. But if there is no distance between the actual finger and its image then beware...that's a one-way mirror.

What else you could do??

Here are some more tips:

  • Your room may also have small microphones, listening all your talkies!! Check for such near drawers, book shelves, paintings and every possible places.
  • Turn off the lights and check for small red or green light. Some microphones and cameras may have such power-on indicators. Don't neglect them.
  • Listen carefully. Enter quietly in your room and listen for some buzz or click sounds. Re-enter your room again and again quietly and if the sound is produced each time you enter, then it may be a camera as some motion sensitive cameras produced such sounds while operating.
  • Check the unusual things in the room. Tilted paintings, oddly arranged artificial plants etc and even any kind of pen already present in the room.
  • At last, but not the least, you can buy a camera detector which is available in market at less than $80. Using these detectors you can check the presence of cameras. Follow the video to see how it works.

Search hidden cameras using camera detector!!

Additional advice and information:

  • There is a distance between the image and the object (in this case, finger tip) in a normal mirror because the silvering is done on the back of the mirror whereas in a one-way mirror the silvering is done on the surface. A person standing behind such mirrors can see you but you can't see the person from the other side. A camera can also be placed behind such mirrors. So, be careful!!

I hope this hub was helpful for you. Check your surroundings very carefully. Try these tips out each time you visit a hotel or a new apartment. Stay healthy and stay careful!!


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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hidden camera detector is now on my asap shopping list.

      Thank you Sneha for this super-useful hub. I had watched Hollywood movie 'Sliver' long time ago and was aware of hidden cameras, but didn't realize how big a nuisance they can be.

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      Anil 4 years ago

      Thnks for give useful information

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      Sneha Sunny 4 years ago from India

      moonlake... Some people just misuse the technology. Curious minds do anything to interfere in other people's lives!

      Thank you for reading, commenting and voting up!


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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Everyone loves YouTube now days and if they can get something to put on there they will. I always worry about cameras in motel rooms. I'm paranoid about motel rooms anyway hate them hate using them but sometimes you have no choice. You have some great ideas for finding cameras. Voted up

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Now this is a very useful hub for ladies, Sneha. I wonder how much time it will take to check all the spots where cameras can be hidden?

      Voting up, useful and of course sharing.

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      Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India

      @chaturrajneesh.... yes.. we are not safe anywhere! we need to be very careful. Especially places like malls where it is very easy to fit a pinhole camera....

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      Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India

      @ Tory.... Yes getting aware of security camera is also a good addition to the list... :)

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      chaturrajneesh 5 years ago from India

      informative hub.we really need tobe careful with these tips specially at changing rooms in a mall.

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      Torys Ten 5 years ago from Central Utah

      Yes, I often read of stories in the news of someone placing cameras in private places. I have daughters and I worry about this. One thing to do to sharpen up is just to become aware of all the security cameras wherever you go.

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      Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India

      @tintin25.... Thanks for adding the points.. :)

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      Tintin25 5 years ago

      Best is to cover the mirror and television with towel, sleep with blanket over you. check anything that looks black glass like in the bathroom and paste bubblegum over it, if suspected.

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      Sneha Sunny 6 years ago from India

      @vocalcoach... I'm glad that you found it useful. :)

      And for fingertip test, there should a distance between your finger and its image. In one way mirrors, there will be no distance between the actual finger and the image.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Wow! I had no idea. So glad I read your hub and now I'm aware of hidden cameras. I tried the fingertip test but not sure if I did it right. When pressing my fingertip to the mirror, I saw my fingertip, where I was pressing. Is this right? Am I safe? Thanks and voted UP!


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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      If I was paranoid before, now I am REALLY paranoid. :) I have always thought about this. Technology in this area is just really good, and so being suspect is probably not all that paranoid at all, but FOUNDED in some real possibility that you could well be being watched. People have curiosities. People are voyeurs. It's partly why porn is so popular. And so it goes without saying that one should always keep an eye on the eyes on you. I will certainly keep some of these tips in mind the next time I suspect I may be in a place where it's supposed to be private, but could well be public.

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      Sneha Sunny 6 years ago from India

      @serena... yeah tech do helps us as well as the watchers!! The only thing we can do is keep our eyes open...wide fact ears too.. thanks for the comments... :-)

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      Serena Gabriel 6 years ago

      This is a very interesting and thought-provoking article.

      There have been numerous cases in the U.S. where landlords install cameras in their women-renters' bathrooms and bedrooms.

      The only good thing is that this technology makes it easier to watch the watchers!

      Very interesting! Voting up and accolades!