Did you know that hackers could access your webcam without your permission? Webcams can be hacked by a cyber peeper through any Internet-enabled device. You can be hacked by clicking on spam, visiting a website that contains malware, or having chat programs running on your device. Protect your privacy by covering your webcam when it’s not in use.
What are the top 3 webcam covers?
Below are our top three picks for webcam covers. Our top three were chosen based on price, ability to be removed and reused, and if the cover actually does its job.
- Winner: camJAMR
- 2nd Place: SpiShutter
- 3rd Place: Yilador
Cam JAMR has 12 different sticker themes that come in packs of 12 stickers each. There are 9 larger ones made for laptops, TVs, tablets, etc., and 3 smaller ones made for cellphones. Each pack costs
- Can be used with most laptops, computers, phone, tablets, game consoles, smart TVs, etc. (even blocks dual cameras that are common on smartphones and tablets)
- Stickers fit under a phone case, and won't stop a laptop lid from fully closing
- Removable and reusable
- Claims that the stickers do not leave any residue behind and each one can be used hundreds of times
- The black stickers blend in perfectly with a Mac, iPad and iPhone
- The white stickers don't match the white iPhone well
- Despite the claim, with stickers there is always risk of some residue
2nd Place: SpiShutter
Spi Shutter is available in black, silver and yellow for $19.99 each.
- 1 year satisfaction guarantee with a 30 day money back trial
- No adhesive so there's no risk of residue
- Magnet connects to the magnet within your Mac so it can close while cover is on
- Expensive vs. competition
- Only for Mac
3rd Place: Yilador webcam cover
Yilador webcams are available in a 3-pack for $5.99, 6-pack for $6.99, or 12-pack for $12.99.
- Strong adhesive that won't damage your devices
- Thin profile, allowing for complete closure of laptops
- Semi-permanent design so you don't have to remove and replace cover when you need to use it
- Very small – some users complained it was hard to place correctly
- Matte black color not aesthetically pleasing for every device
Other webcam blockers we considered
Below are the webcam covers we reviewed that did not make our best of the best list.
C-Slide webcam cover review
- Webcam Cover 1.0 is made for your laptop, computer or smart TV. It attaches to your device and you can slide it open and closed when you need to use your webcam. It is priced at $5.95 each.
- Webcam Cover 2.0 has a mirror built into it so if you use your webcam to fix your contact or reapply your lipstick you can do so without letting your webcam be seen. This is basically the same as the Webcam Cover 1.0 but with a mirror built-in and costs $5.95 each.
- Works with other external webcams
- 100% customer satisfaction guarantee, if you aren't happy with your order they will refund it no questions asked
- Very fragile so it breaks easily
- Only fits laptops with flat edges, not curved edges
- Slides open easily, so you have to check and make sure it's actually covering the webcam
Peep Shield review
Each Peep Shield pack comes with 6 webcam lens covers.
- Claims to work on all devices
- Fun shapes unlike other webcams on the market
- Has very little presence (reviews) online
- As with all sticker-based webcam covers, it's likely to leave a residue
4 Tips to Secure Your Webcam from Hackers
- Keep your antivirus software up to date so fewer vulnerabilities are exposed.
- Disconnect your USB camera when it’s not in use. There is no way for it to be hacked if it is disconnected.
- Avoid opening email attachments from people you don’t know. Unknown emails may contain malware that can be downloaded onto your device the moment you open it.
- Do not click shortened links on social media sites. These links can contain malware, just like email attachments.
Miss Teen USA fell victim to a webcam hacker
At just 16 years old Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf, had her webcam hacked for a year. The hacker watched her most intimate moments and conversations and later, images of her were used as blackmail to get her to perform sex acts online. The attacker, Jared James Abrahams, was 19 years old at the time. Fortunately, he was arrested in September 2013 and jailed for 18 months.
It’s sad to say, but these stories are not rare. They are more common than you might think and that is why it’s so important to keep your webcam covered. We at ASecureLife.com urge you to be cautious with your privacy.
What’s wrong with using a sticky note?
Hey, even I’m guilty of this. I was too cheap to purchase a webcam cover and decided to put a sticky note over my laptop’s webcam instead. Not the best idea. There was a sticky residue left behind, not to mention the notepaper lost its stickiness quickly so it fell off often and I was going through sticky notes like crazy! Using other items like tape or stickers that are not made for this function can damage your webcam or fall off, leaving your privacy open to hackers. And that could get very sticky…
Which webcam cover do you think would be best for your device?