“Hidden camera found in Chennai women’s hostel, police arrest owner …”
“Travelers found hidden camera in their Carnival Cruise bedroom”
You often read such news. With the commercialization and evolving nano technology cameras are getting smaller and cheaper. It is very easy for someone to plant hidden cameras and spy on you for various reasons. From teenagers to business man, everybody is victim of privacy invasion.
There are various tricks that can save you from potential exposure to hidden cameras. In fact, you can use your Android or iPhone to stay protected. Let’s see different tricks to find out hidden camera.
1. Scan the Environment Carefully to Detect Suspicious Hidden Video Cameras
One of the easiest way to detect hidden cameras is checking around the environment carefully. An inch-by-inch search would be helpful to spot “obvious” hidden cameras at the first step.
Most Common Places for Hidden Cameras
• Smoke detectors
• Air filter equipment
• Wall decorations
• Electrical outlets
• Fitness trackers
• Wall clocks
• Car keys
• Clothes hooks
• Alarm clocks
• USB drives
• Charging plugs
• Power banks
• DVD cases
• Lava lamps
• Wall sockets
• Hairdryer holders
2. Download hidden camera detector app –
Hidden camera detector app has 2 main features. 1. Detect hidden camera using magnetic sensor 2. Detect Infrared camera. For the first one, app uses magnetic sensor and get the magnetic activity of nearby objects. You need to identify the suspect and move app closer. If app beeps then you can further investigate for lens. For the second feature, app open up the digital camera. If you see white/blue light that is invisible to naked eye, then it is infrared light and it can be infrared camera. Infrared lights are invisible to human eye but those are picked up by the camera sensor and camera show IR lights as visible white or blue spot in the camera preview. Download app from play store or Download from iTunes (iPhone users)
3. Two way mirror test –
Sometimes, especially in changing rooms, camera is placed behind the mirror. Such mirrors are 2 way mirrors that means you see your reflection in the mirror but person or camera behind the mirror can see you through the mirror as a transparent glass. It is very easy to find out 2 way mirrors. Just touch the mirror with your fingernail. For normal mirrors, there is always a gap between actual fingernail and its reflection. But in case of 2 way mirrors, there is no gap between actual fingernail and its reflection. So if you do NOT see any gap between the fingernail and its reflection, it can be a 2 way mirror
4. Open WiFi & Bluetooth –
You can detect wireless cameras that uses Bluetooth or WiFi for connectivity. Just open WiFi and Bluetooth and see list of available networks. If you see any suspicious network like “IP Cam”, then you can identify potential wireless cameras.
5. Broken sockets, chargers & other equipment –
When you enter any hotel room, changing room or Airbnb room, always check if you find any broken sockets, lens looking part over charger or over other electronic equipment. Without power supply cameras don’t work. So always check for doubtful, unnecessary electronic equipment. Always check chargers, trimmers, hair dryers that don’t work. Those could be modified to place hidden camera’s.
Now, how to be safe from hidden cameras? Step by Step guide
- Turn off all lights and check for any blinking LED lights.
- Scan for normal camera as well as Infrared camera with the help of hidden camera detector app.
- Check for 2 way mirrors
- Open WiFi and Bluetooth from Android or iPhone and scan for suspicious network like (“IP Cam”, “1080”)
- Check broken sockets and other equipment’s.
- In case of any doubt on any equipment or lens like object, place a cello tape or cloth on it.
- While sleeping, always turn off TV. Cut off main power supply (Mostly in hotel rooms)
- Change the direction of flowerpots, coffee machine and other such appliances towards the wall.
- Inspect the balcony area.
With these simple steps you can save your self from hidden camera’s. Your awareness of surrounding is the key !.