Nowadays, the closure of laptop cameras with tape has become a common cyber security ‘work’ among users. However, recent security vulnerabilities indicate that smartphone cameras can be a bigger threat than laptops.
Google confirmed earlier this week that a security vulnerability was discovered in July on Android-powered smartphones, causing hackers to eavesdrop on users. The company said the vulnerability affected hundreds of millions of users, including Pixel and Samsung devices.
Following Google’s announcement, Facebook agreed that users browsing the News Source as a result of a bug in the social networking application can access the cameras of their iPhone phones. When both companies realized the errors, they closed the gap and released updates. Mistakes, however, question whether it is time to shut down smartphone cameras for security and privacy.
Facebook Portal and Nest Home Max devices, such as companies taking measures, users to protect the privacy of their devices have integrated additional hardware . An external device that shuts down the camera for the portal was introduced, while Nest Home Max added a switch that physically deactivates both the camera and microphone.
However, smartphones accompany people from the meeting room to the bedroom and even to the bathroom, and are likely to catch users unprepared . Erez Yalon, director of security research at Checkmarx, who identified gaps in Android, said , “In fact , there are more reasons to cover the cameras of smartphones than laptops. New laptops have small LEDs that show that the camera is on as a hardware security mechanism, not on smartphones. . “ says.
The company says Google and Samsung alone are millions of smartphone users, emphasizing that the devices are a huge mass of attacks for hackers. Considering that other manufacturers may have potential security gaps , it is time to shut down the cameras of the smartphones.
Many accessories are now sold, such as sliding covers and reusable labels to turn off smartphone or computer cameras. Soon these accessories can become indispensable for all of us.