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Mark Zuckerberg photo reveals that the CEO puts tape over his webcam

By midian182
Jun 22, 2016
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  1. Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself yesterday celebrating Facebook-owned Instagram reaching 500 million users. At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be anything out of the ordinary going on in the image, but if you look closely you’ll see that the billionaire takes no chances when it comes to protecting his privacy from hackers.

    It appears that Zuckerberg thwarts any would-be voyeuristic intruders by placing a piece of tape over his laptop’s webcam. There also seems to be something obstructing either the audio jack or the dual microphones on his Macbook.

    While physically covering a laptop camera with tape may seem a bit paranoid, the CEO isn’t the first public name to reveal - albeit unintentionally - that he takes the precaution. Back in April, FBI Director James Comey said he also puts tape over his webcam after seeing someone “smarter than I am” do the same thing on the news.

    Some people have pointed out that the desk isn’t quite the ostentatious, luxury piece of office furniture so often associated with CEOs, and maybe it belongs to someone else. But as noted by Gizmodo, it’s definitely the desk Zuckerberg said was his during a Facebook Live video posted nine months ago, complete with the same books, wooden Facebook sign, and sunscreen.

    Maybe Zuckerberg purposely left the laptop and tape on show as a way of proving he’s still pretty savvy when it comes to stopping people spying on him. The Facebook co-founder lost some credibility last month when his Twitter and Pinterest accounts were accessed after hackers reportedly found his password – "dadada" – in the leaked LinkedIn data.

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  2. gigantor21

    gigantor21 TS Member Posts: 19   +13

    "dadada"? Are you kidding me, Mark? Wow.
     
  3. Holyscrap

    Holyscrap TS Enthusiast Posts: 41   +12

    Its genius really. No one would expect that.
     
  4. JackTheBlack

    JackTheBlack TS Rookie

    Tape over build in microphone? What a *****.
     
  5. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 736   +243

    At the very least it proves that he's not a *****. On the other hand, maybe he knows something about facebooks background activities that the rest of us don't.

    I don't actually believe that, but it'll drive the conspiracy theorists nuts.
     
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    He could also try putting the tape over his mouth thereby freeing up one of his feet, possibly both.
     
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  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    I do that on my laptop also, but put on one of this coloured stickies that have no adhesive on the "tab" part to not leave traces of glue on the cam itself and to remove it in case I need to use it... genius I know.
     
  8. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +354

    I'm a camera tape user myself.
     
  9. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 TS Booster Posts: 124   +23

    They did expect that and broke in..... duh
     
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    No they didn't, they read it on a leaked password sites.
     
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  11. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,315   +133

    Have you been keeping up with the news? lol
     
  12. UltraModernGuy

    UltraModernGuy TS Member Posts: 25   +16

    I'm not a Mark fan, but when you bring your device to a highly secure office/data farm/etc, security will put tape over any camera or recording device you may have. It's possible he never removed it. Or he just covers up his camera because he knows he's a high profile target for malicious activity.
     
  13. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Maniac Posts: 288   +105

    90% of the sales staff we have at work put tape over their camera's then complain that Skypes video quality is extremely poor. MAYBE ITS BECAUSE OF ALL THE ADHESIVE STUCK TO THE SCREEN YOU JERKS
     
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  14. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,953   +162

    The mic on your phone listens to you 24\7. I figured it in a few ways. My girlfriends facebook app kept giving us post a comic ideas. Based off our conversations. We had fight, the recommended comic to post was "XXX is in hot water!". We went grocery shopping, suggested comics were us cooking the dinners we bought, "Jack and Jill are making spaghetti!" Then my car broke down, later that day "Car trouble?".

    Secondly I told my girlfriend about a obscure dream about a certain mythical creature..... Then went on to tell my friends it was a very realistic dream. Guess what yahoo ads, youtube and my phones suggested app buzz feed oriented around? Well you guessed it.

    I searched about it and a reedit user said if you leave your cell phone next to the tv all night on telemundo your youtube videos just might turn to spanish.

    Hmmm what were those permissions\legal agreements you skipped over? What's in that app you downloaded? Someone thinks that boring data is worth something, marketing ads....
     
  15. delluel

    delluel TS Enthusiast Posts: 23   +6

    Me and Zuckerberg. We really think alike.
     
  16. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Guru Posts: 559   +171

    Prove it and you have yourself a triple digit billion dollar class action lawsuit. What are you waiting for?
     
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  17. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 332   +131

    Not if you have security that actually knows what they are doing. Taping over recording devices only works as long as the user remains escorted and compliant with the 'tape protocol'. Competent security departments simply say 'no' when you want to bring in an outside device to a secure facility.
     
  18. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,953   +162

    I'm just a peasant that noticed my masters whip got a bit longer.
     

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