- Consumer Electronics & Personal Gadgets
Protect Your Privacy; Find Hidden Cameras Around You
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.
NEWS: Two women Bulgarian students find hidden cameras in apartment near Westchase
- Two women Bulgarian students find hidden cameras in apartment near Westchase - St. Petersburg Times
Two Bulgarian students found cameras in their apartment that they said have been trained on their every move, from going to sleep to taking showers.
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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