Computers, sneakers, hotels, and dressing rooms. These are just some of the places people could be watching you without your knowledge. Keep reading to learn about some very surprising places you can find hidden cameras.
Ladies, beware. There’s such a thing as a shoe spy cam — and perverts use them to film under women’s skirts! Case in point: A man from the U.K. was arrested and spent three years behind bars for using a shoe cam to spy on women’s nether regions. Unfortunately, they are easy to conceal. According to Komando.com, these tiny cameras can be embedded in the tongue of the shoe. They point upwards and give the spy a bottom-up view of their surroundings.
9. Your Laptop
There probably isn’t anything much scarier than someone recording everything you do on your laptop without your knowledge. Yes, it’s creepy — but it happens. Here’s how: Criminals use malware to hack into your laptop’s camera remotely and record you without your knowledge. They can then steal your passwords, spy on your intimate moments, or collect embarrassing pictures of you and then demand money in exchange for the photos. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect your privacy. The first thing you should do is cover your camera with a piece of tape. The second thing is to avoid getting hacked in the first place. You can do this by making sure you don’t click on bad links or download malicious files.
8. Dressing Rooms
It’s illegal to have hidden cameras in dressing rooms, right? Well, it depends on where you live. According to Avvo.com, there are only 13 states that prohibit dressing room surveillance without the permission of the shopper. Those states include Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Utah. Now, don’t start panicking if you don’t see your state on the list. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re being watched — but you could be.
So why in the world are there cameras in dressing rooms in the first place, you ask? To prevent shoplifting. According to Avvo, retailers lose billions of dollars each year due to shoplifting.
TIP: One of the most common places to put a hidden camera in the dressing room is inside the hook you hang your clothes on. So, if you don’t want anyone spying on you, make sure to cover that hook with something before getting undressed.
7. USB Flash Drives
Do you ever get the feeling that your co-workers are spying on you? It may be more than just paranoia. They could actually be using their USB flash drive to secretly record you. They look like any other USB stick, but fortunately there’s a way for you to tell if it has a hidden camera inside. According to Komando.com, you can look for the camera lens on the outside of the flash drive. It will be located at the opposite end of the USB plug.
6. Hospital Rooms
Believe it or not, cameras in hospital patient rooms are not a HIPAA violation. In fact, they’re necessary for safety reasons, so hospitals are indeed allowed install them in the patients’ rooms.
FUN FACT: Fujitsu developed a technology that uses a camera to “accurately recognize the status of patients, detecting activities such as sitting up in bed, getting out of bed, or moving in bed,” the company said on its website. “There are instances in which patients in hospitals or care facilities get out of bed to walk around without nurses realizing it, then slipping and falling. They may also be in too much pain to sleep, which nurses might be late to recognize… These technologies help hospitals and care facilities provide a high level of patient protection while lightening the workload on nurses.”
5. Hotel Rooms
Even though it’s illegal to hide cameras in hotel rooms, and it’s also a violation of most rental companies’ policies, not to mention an invasion of privacy, some people still do it. Spies have been known to hide cameras in alarm clocks, lamps and smoke detectors, behind wall decorations, and even in electrical outlets and power strips! Some people even use peephole reversers to film inside your hotel room.
Fortunately, there are ways you can protect yourself. The most important thing to do is to survey your room upon arrival. Look for anything that may seem out of place. If, for example, there are pieces of furniture or appliances in unusual locations, or if you spot a lamp that appears to be angled toward the bed, it may be a sign that there’s a spy camera in your room.
4. Shower Gel Bottles
Do you have plans to stay over at a friend’s house? You might want to remove all their belongings out of the shower before stepping in. That’s because there may be a hidden camera disguised as a shower gel bottle (shampoo bottle, too) in there. Well, it’s only a partial disguise. The top half of the bottle is actually a refillable container for shower gel, but the bottom half houses the hidden camera. These spy cams are water-resistant and come equipped with motion detection and a remote.
3. Bathroom Tissue Boxes
This is something else you’ll want to be wary of when staying over at a friend’s house. These spy cameras look like your average tissue paper box, but they in fact contain a hidden camera.
There’s a wicker tissue box hidden spy camera sold on Amazon. It’s battery powered with DVR and a 30-day standby battery. It produces HD-quality videos and has up to 32 GB of built-in storage.
Here are some other features of the camera:
-Comes complete with a removable and rechargeable battery.
-Record and watch on a PC or MAC.
-Extremely easy to use. The hidden camera is ready-to-go out of the box with motion detection settings. Simply unpack it, plug it into an outlet, and you’re all set.
TIP: Spy cameras can be hidden in toilet roll dispensers, too, so beware of them as well.
2. Inside Air Fresheners
Did you know that spy cams can be hidden inside air fresheners? Yep, it’s true. And, companies like BrickHouse Security manufacture them. BrickHouse Security’s Xtreme Life 4K Air Freshener Hidden Camera is battery-operated and is designed for use at home or at the office. It has a 120° viewing angle, a 32 GB memory card, and PIR sensors for heat and motion activation. The camera allows for 16 hours of continuous recording and 90 days of standby, at 120 frames per second. The Xtreme Life 4K Air Freshener Hidden Camera does not record audio due to federal regulations.
1. Inside Mailboxes
Thieves beware! If you’re thinking about stealing mail out of someone’s mailbox in the hopes of striking it rich by forging a check issued to them or a check they wrote to a creditor, you might want to think again. First of all, it’s a federal offense to tamper with someone else’s mail. Second, you could get caught if the person you’re stealing from has a camera hidden inside their mailbox. Yep, that’s right. Because thieves are increasingly snooping around other’s mailboxes, some people install cameras in the back of them. Oops, busted!
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