Apparently Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg takes security more important than we can ever imagine. Mark, while posing for a photo to mark 500 million Instagram users, inadvertently revealed a couple of security measures he takes. A closer look at the picture reveals the Facebook CEO has placed tape over his computer’s camera and microphone.
Chris Olson, who works for enterprise software vendor Replicated, made the original observation..
3 things about this photo of Zuck:
Camera covered with tape
Mic jack covered with tape
Email client is Thunderbird pic.twitter.com/vdQlF7RjQt
— Chris Olson (@topherolson) June 21, 2016
Indeed this is a recommended move by security experts, FBI Director James Comey has stated he covers his webcam with tape. Putting tape over your webcam is the only absolutely certain way of stopping criminals, and law enforcement, from remotely turning your laptop into a surveillance device or getting a hold of other media related information (watch the movie “Abducted” you will understand). Some online security experts agree this is a great idea to keep malware off.
“This is basic security awareness and security appreciation, unfortunately there are many remote access Trojan viruses that can activate and enable a user’s webcam without their knowledge. That same webcam can also pick up room ambient sounds – Online security expert Robert Siciliano in an interview with ABC News.
Gizmodo even called Zuckerberg paranoid, but what do you think? Zuckerberg was recently a victim of hackers, who breached his Twitter and Pinterest accounts, if been paranoid will protect a public figure from hackers, then sometimes a little paranoid makes sense, besides… security is important for any internet user.
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American programmer, Internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the chairman, chief executive, and co-founder of the social networking website Facebook. His net worth is estimated to be US$51.2 billion, as of June 2016.
Together with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, he launched Facebook from Harvard’s dormitory rooms. The group then introduced Facebook to other campuses. Facebook expanded rapidly, with one billion users by 2012. Zuckerberg was involved in various legal disputes that were initiated by others in the group, who claimed a share of the company based upon their involvement during the development phase of Facebook.