What You Need to Know About Your Laptop and Smartphone. Webcam Covers Matter!

If you saw Snowden or listened to Obama or even Trump! –you Know this–all too well!.  It’s way way crazy that this has to be a cyber security worry.  But bottom line:  Cover your webcam.  We’ve got the coolest and best quality ones. Creep Blockers

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Why?

Well, there’s literally hundreds of articles and videos online that talk about hackers using Remote Access Technology or “RATS”. These articles profile how the government – or an admirer or Stalker! – is putting spyware on your computer and accessing your camera or your mic to listen in and take a look. Totally creepy!

Even 60 Minutes did a demo on a story about how China is stealing the IP of big business. So, is all this true and is there anything about it? Well, yes, it seems to happen and there are some precautions you can take. Like updating software, using a firewall and antivirus software. And then there’s basic and easy privacy security steps you can take—like covering your microphone and computer.

Zachary Quinto said, “It’s not paranoia; It’s mindfulness”, and I LIKE that! It’s exactly why I’ve covered my cam and microphone for years.

And it’s why I’m encouraging you to do the same – I mean really, your business is your business, right? And I applaud anyone who takes measures to keep it that way.

But, do camera and microphone covers work? Well, yes, the camera cover is pretty straightforward. Cover it with something opaque and sure, you can’t be seen…but sticky residue might harm your lenses and can look unsightly. The microphone is a bit more tricky, because 1) The microphones are often difficult to find and 2) Usually there’s more than one so you need to cover all of them 3) They are often embedded, hiding from the ability to cover them efficiently.

BUT, I’ve discovered that – at the very least -you can muffle the really clear sound reception that can be discerned when your phone is just laying around or is in your pocket. Consider your mic to be on and listening at all times (because it probably is.)

I tried all kinds of materials, bandages, duct tape, other kinds of tapes (Post-Its, etc.) During that time, I became really frustrated and annoyed by hearing about so many friends reporting that they saw their camera light on (by ITSELF.) I was inundated with anecdotes about people who took their phone inside a movie screening or to an AA meeting. Get this – they were immediately served ads for that movie or promotions for vodka and whiskey! Completely unfair and creepy!!

I just had to come up with something cool and easy to use. Something that even my not-concerned twenty-something daughters would like enough to use every day and that would actually enhance their phone or Internet experience.

So I created CREEPBLOCKERS. High-quality reusable decals made with a material that has just enough cling to stay and no tacky tape that could harm a camera lens or microphone.

The best creative minds in our advertising agency got together and came up with over 60 awesome icons that come in two variations of design packs: “Sweet” edition has adorable choices from sunglasses, puppies, biceps and hearts specifically for your phone camera and fabulous computer cam covers that warn “Not today” or “Nope” and “No Papparazzi Please”. We offer cheerful and inspirational statements such as “Dance Like No One’s Watching “and “Oh, Hello Beautiful” to make you smile and brighten your day. Plus, we made sure we had large and small microphone covers and pieces you could custom-cut should you need.

The decals can come off easily when you Skype or FaceTime and then it go right back on for continued privacy. These safe, reusable stickers are available on Safertech.com, –We’d love to hear about your experience and journey using Safertech’s technology to give you peace of mind. In any event, we’d love to hear about and know that you are taking the smallest steps to safeguard your privacy. Even putting your device away – away from your conversations or your continual whereabouts would give you at least some of your well-deserved privacy.

Try it, my friends! Here’s to worrying-less in our wireless world!

xo

August

IoT Appliance Hacking: it’s real – and it happened on Friday

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Appliance Hacking: it’s real – and it happened on Friday (10/26/16).

We get it – smart home devices make sense in certain cases.

For instance, it’s highly beneficial to be able to control your vacation cabin’s plumbing remotely through the winter. More and more child abuse cases have become prosecutable via nanny cam footage.  Distance can be bridged through technology and that is wonderful – until it isn’t anymore.

Last week, Spotify, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, and Paypal were subjected to a sweeping Halloween hack on the East Coast  — and if you own a smart home device and live in that part of the country, it is possible you were unwittingly involved.

“The DDoS attack was reportedly carried out through millions of hacked connected devices like web cameras and smart fridges, seemingly innocuous items which are often poorly secured and easily compromised. “

A recent study showed that up to 79% of smart home devices were insecure (because of default or easily-guessed router passwords) If, say, Netflix is down for a few hours, it doesn’t seem to affect you that much?… Think again:

Privacy-related recalls could become more frequent as connected devices become more intimate. A hack of a smart lamp or connected refrigerator may seem frivolous, but when it’s an insulin pump or a pacemaker that is compromised, attacks can be lethal and make action more necessary. “In a sense maybe there is a turning point for certain manufacturers to say, OK we need to do something about this,” Lee said.

That’s terrifying. Here as SaferTech, we don’t give out scary warnings with solution options. This Marketwatch sister article offers some solid advice here to prevent this kind of breach. Among their tips:

Printers are the worst. Not only can we all agree they are the worst, they actually seem to be the weakest link and most vulnerable hole in your home network. This funny article on Slate.com details the problem here.

Remember when Apple products were deemed impenetrable by viruses? That was a lovely era, but that time has passed. Purchase malware security software specifically for Mac. Which leads us to…

Do your security updates for smart devices. Yeah, they’re not our favorite either. Most of them don’t auto-update, so you have to do it yourself. Updates are tailored to the most recent and savvy security threats. Don’t ignore them.

  • A lot of these types of breaches enter through email. Double-check IP addresses for similarly-named URL’s that look legit at first glance.
  • Don’t log on to public wifi and don’t use unlocked neighboring wifi (even though its tempting in a pinch)
  • Don’t use common passwords or your phone number as a password. (I know of a lot of people that do this so it’s easy to share wifi when friends come over, but it’s better to keep your password on your fridge than make it so easy to figure out for outsiders) Jumble up varied symbols, numbers and capital letters all in one passcode.
  • Use multi-step authentication whenever possible. It is a pain, but there is this good reason banks love to use this technique . Just opt to get a one-time code texted to you whenever possible

The good thing about these kind of widespread hacks is that they cost the device companies money and push manufacturers to be competitive about security tech. Be a smart consumer. Pick products that include individualized passcode for every consumer who purchases.  And, remember: You can opt out of being so connected. (Plus, you don’t really want your home to be a veritable force field of EMF energy anyway.) “Smart homes” aren’t so smart after all if they leave your security and privacy at risk.

Mark Zuckerberg Tapes It for Digital Privacy

The New York Times recently had a story about the founder of Facebook’s laptop. Actually about what was on his laptop. When Zuck posted a picture of himself in his office, observant people noticed that he had put a piece of tape over his laptop camera and his headphone port.

Why? He was taking action to protect himself from RATS—Remote Access Trojans. Mal-ware that can take over the camera and mic on your computer and creep on everything you’re doing. Without you having any idea it’s happening. This isn’t just movie stuff. Edward Snowden reported that the government was working on at least two different software programs to do this very thing.

Now, since you’re probably NOT the CEO of Facebook, do you think no one would care to watch you watch cat videos? Not so fast. I was surprised to learn that 70% of all malware are RATS!

But don’t panic.
There’s an easy and fun way to protect yourself.

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CREEP BLOCKERS are high quality reusable decals that will do the job in a much more stylish way than a piece of tape. We’ve got two different styles with over 60 decals on each one. Our agency team tested practically every vinyl sticker material out there until they found one that was easy to put on, easy to pull and easy to re-use.

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Zuckerberg isn’t the first admit that he blocks his camera. Our last article talks about a recent interview with Zachary Quinto on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Quinto mentioned that he takes measures to protect his privacy by covering up his laptop camera too! Be like Zuckerberg and Quinto. Head over to our store and start BLOCKING CREEPS with CREEP BLOCKERS now!

Because you know what? YOUR BUSINESS IS YOUR BUSINESS.

Is Your Mic Listening, Is Your Camera Watching? Webcam Covers and Microphone Mufflers

Webcam Covers and Microphone Mufflers are a cyber security MUST:  Creep Blockers  

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg uses a webcam cover and tapes his microphone!

Zuckerberg posted a shot of himself celebrating a milestone on Facebook as you can see in the photo below.  James Comey, FBI Director advised America to cover their Webcams and even Zachary Quinto reported that after working on the Snowden movie, he blocked his camera too.

Zuckerberg Post Zoom

Why?

Well, there’s literally hundreds of articles and videos online that talk about hackers using Remote Access Technology or “RATS”. These articles profile how the government – or someone else – is putting spyware on your computer and accessing your camera or your mic to listen in and take a look. Totally creepy

TV News Reports demonstrate need for Webcam Covers

Even 60 Minutes did a demo on a story about how China is stealing the IP of big business. So, is all this true and is there anything about it? Well, yes, it seems to happen and there are some precautions you can take. Like updating software, using a firewall and antivirus software. And then there’s basic and easy privacy security steps you can take—like using a webcam cover and blocking your microphone.

Zachary Quinto said, “It’s not paranoia; It’s mindfulness”, and I LIKE that! It’s exactly why I’ve covered my cam and microphone for years.

And it’s why I’m encouraging you to start using a webcam cover for you phone, computers, laptops, SmartTV’s, xboxes.  Virtually any webcam in your home – I mean really, your business is your business, right? And I applaud anyone who takes measures to keep it that way.

Webcam Cover effectiveness

But, do camera and microphone covers work? Well, yes, the camera cover is pretty straightforward. Cover it with something opaque and sure, you can’t be seen…but sticky residue might harm your lenses and can look unsightly. The microphone is a bit more tricky, because 1) The microphones are often difficult to find and 2) Usually there’s more than one so you need to cover all of them 3) They are often embedded, hiding from the ability to cover them efficiently.

BUT, I’ve discovered that – at the very least – you can muffle the really clear sound reception that can be discerned when your phone is just laying around or is in your pocket. Consider your mic to be on and listening at all times (because it probably is).

I tried all kinds of materials, bandages, duct tape, other kinds of tapes (Post-Its, etc.) During that time, I became really frustrated and annoyed by hearing about so many friends reporting that they saw their camera light on (by ITSELF.) I was inundated with anecdotes about people who took their phone inside a movie screening or to an AA meeting. Get this – they were immediately served ads for that movie or promotions for vodka and whiskey! Completely unfair and creepy!!

I just had to come up with something cool and easy to use. Something that even my not-concerned twenty-something daughters would like enough to use every day and that would actually enhance their phone or Internet experience.

Introducing the Most Creative Webcam Covers and the only Microphone Mufflers!

So I created CREEPBLOCKERS. High-quality reusable webcam covers and microphone mufflers made with a material that has just enough cling to stay and no tacky tape that could harm a camera lens or microphone.

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The best creative minds in our advertising agency got together and came up with over 60 awesome icons that come in two variations of design packs: “Sweet” edition has adorable choices from sunglasses, puppies, biceps and hearts specifically for your phone camera and fabulous computer cam covers that warn “Not today” or “Nope” and “No Papparazzi Please”. We offer cheerful and inspirational statements such as “Dance Like No One’s Watching “and “Oh, Hello Beautiful” to make you smile and brighten your day. Plus, we made sure we had large and small microphone covers and pieces you could custom-cut should you need.  We even created a #UpToUS  Creep Blocker for Shailene Woodley, star of Snowden.

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The webcam covers and mic mufflers can come off easily when you Skype or FaceTime and then it go right back on for continued privacy. They’re safe, residue free, reusable and made of high quality vinyl and proudly Made in the USA!  Now  available on Safertech.com! We’d love to hear about your experience and journey using Safertech’s technology to give you peace of mind by taking the smallest steps to safeguard your privacy. Even putting your device away – away from your conversations or your continual whereabouts would give you at least some of your well-deserved privacy.

Try it, my friends! Here’s to worrying-less in our wireless world!   August Brice