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. I know it’s scary, but someone could be recording you right now! Do you leave your laptop open while you’re getting dressed in your room!? Do you leave your smartphone or tablet facing upwards!? Your actions could become public if your webcam becomes hacked. 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.
View on Amazon: camJAMR
CamJAMR has a good reputation with their customers for making quality privacy stickers that can be removed and reused when you are using your web camera. The webcam cover sticker can be used to cover webcam lenses on computers, phones, tablets, game consoles, Smart TVs and more. When you attach the sticker to your device make sure the area is clean. Pull the tab back; peel the sticker off the sheet and place it onto your device. When you need to use your webcam, peel the sticker off of the device and place it back on your sticker sheet. Camjamr covers come in many colors and designs; however, the white stickers do not blend well with the white iPhone.
- 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 wonât 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
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
View on Amazon: SpiShutter
SpiShutter is a magnetic metal strip that sticks on to your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. It’s designed to stay on your computer whether the laptop is open or closed. There is an opening in the middle of the strip that allows your webcam to be used. If you slide the strip to the left or right the webcam is blocked. SpiShutter is promising, but only if you own a 11″/13″/15″ MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.
- 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
Spi Shutter is available in black, silver and yellow for $19.99 each.
View on Amazon: Security Guardians
Security Guardians webcam covers have a soft felt design with a light velcro backing. You attach this to your device, remove the top part of the velcro when you want to use your webcam, then replace it when you are finished. You have the option to use more professional covers at work and more fun ones, like sports themes, at home.
- Able to close laptop with the velcro cover on
- Fun designs make kids more apt to use them
- More expensive than CamJAMR
- Possibility of losing the top velcro cover
The felt webcam covers are available in plain colors to blend in with your device, or in more intricate designs to be more fashionable. These are more pricey vs. our first place pick at $9.99 for each pack of four.
Webcam blocker reviews
Below are the webcam covers we reviewed that did not make our best of the best list.
View on Amazon: C-Slide
The C-Slide has different versions to fit different devices. They have specific versions for your smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer and other devices. They offer a cool feature on their 2.0 version, which includes a built-in mirror for those of you who use your webcam as a mirror. However, these devices have a history of breaking easily and sliding open without you wanting them to, so they aren’t the most effective.
- 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
- You need a different cover type for each device
- 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
- 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.
- Webcam Cover 3.0 is made for your iPad or tablet. This version works like a peep-hole in your door so you can slide it open and closed when you want. This product is $5.95 each.
- Webcam Cover 4.0 comes in black or white and includes 12 static stickers made for your smartphone. They can also be used on other devices, like tablets and laptops, even though they were not designed specifically for them. These stickers are priced at $3.95 for a pack of 12.
C-Slide Webcam Blocker video
Learn more about the C-Slide in this video:
View on Amazon: Eyebloc
You may have seen Eyebloc on Shark Tank back in 2013. The big selling point for the Eyebloc is that there is no adhesive so you don’t have to worry about it leaving a residue or losing its stickiness. However, the Eyebloc isn’t a one size fits all solution. There are issues with it staying on MacBooks and it does not work as a laptop webcam cover because you must take it off if you want to close your computer. So there is definitely a risk of losing your Eyebloc.
- No adhesive so no need to worry about it leaving behind a sticky residue or losing its stickiness
- Can be removed and reused
- Compatible with laptops, iPads, Tablets and Kindle Fire webcams
- 100% money back guarantee
- Not compatible with all webcam devices
- Slides around making it risky it will fall off
- Can't close your laptop with it on
The Eye bloc is available in four different colors: black, white, red and blue and costs $5.99 each.
View on Amazon: Peep Shield
The Peep Shield stickers aren’t shaped in circles like the camJAMR. Instead, they are designed int he shape of the, well, shape. For example, there are mustache-shaped stickers, heart-shaped, balloon-shaped, etc. Place the sticker on another part of your screen while you use your webcam and put it back when the webcam is not in use. Peep Shield seems promising, but with their lack of reviews on the Internet we aren’t sure about their performance.
- Claims to work on all devices
- Has very little presence (reviews) on the Internet
- As with all sticker-based webcam covers, it's likely to leave a residue.
Each Peepshield pack comes with 6 webcam lens covers.
- Design $7.99 – Intricate, colored designs (mustache, lips and bird) as well as basic black and white
- Seamless $6.99 – Basic black and white covers
- Kids Pack $7.99 – Kid-themed designs
4 Tips to Secure Your Webcam from Hackers
- Keep your antivirus software reviews 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?