Tips on Privacy Covers

Before we begin, please allow me to first be transparent about what this post is and what it isn’t.

This post is about some friendly tips and tricks you can use if you use a privacy cover over the camera on your devices.

This post is not about whether or not criminals, the NSA, or anyone else can access your camera without your knowledge and/or without a light that gets activated or not as a sign that it’s being activated with or without your consent.

That is a controversial conversation for another time, perhaps.

Meanwhile, interested in an additional, physical layer of privacy? Read on.

Here are some tips for using covers successfully and with confidence that you won’t harm your device while getting a little more peace of mind. They make cool gifts, too, for privacy-minded people.

Since most of these covers use adhesive to stick to the screen around the lens of your device, it’s important to be aware that removing these requires some finesse – typically involves gently removing the cover by hand then spraying some cleaner into a paper towel and wiping away any residual adhesive.

Here’s one of the adhesive kinds I’ve used with success –>

And here’s one that works well that uses no adhesive whatsover. It only requires rinsing it with water from time-to-time to make it “sticky” again after removing/adjusting it –>

Need to put a cover over the camera on your Mac laptop? Apple advises that if you still wish to close the lid on your laptop to mind the following for the best experience:

Privacy covers are a great safety check to help us all be more mindful of using our cameras only when we’ve checked ourselves and our surroundings before a video call to make sure there’s nothing in frame that creates preventable risk, like passwords on sticky notes (I’ve seen this many times), or anything like that we wouldn’t want anyone to see. If they help prevent unauthorized use of our cameras without our consent, well, that’s cool, too. I’ll take any peace-of-mind I can find these days. How about you?