Instagram, another Facebook owned product, reached the 500 million MAU (Monthly Active Users) mark yesterday. So Mark Zuckerberg posted a celebratory picture with an Instagram card. Anything that Zuckerberg posts online receives preternatural levels of scrutiny and the photo was no exception. Viewers looking for interesting details were not disappointed -- they found that the Facebook founder and CEO kept his laptop webcam taped.
Nothing very unusual here. Taping webcams is a common way of avoiding unwanted snooping . But that was not all. As a Twitter user pointed out, that there was a tape on Zuckerberg's laptop microphone as well.
3 things about this photo of Zuck:— Chris Olson (@topherolson) June 21, 2016
Camera covered with tape
Mic jack covered with tape
Email client is Thunderbird pic.twitter.com/vdQlF7RjQt
In the post-WikiLeaks age and after Edward Snowden's warnings against NSA, people have become cautious and try and do what they can to forestall any over-curious online interloper. Snowden himself has long advocated the use of encrypted tools and more secure means of communication on and off the Internet.
Recently, Snowden released a clip showing how to use your phone when you suspect that it has been hacked. The technical term for it is 'Going Black'.
Zuckerberg, by the way, is in good company. FBI director James Comey has also spoken about putting a tape on his webcam after he saw someone else do it. It has even been suggested on Quora that there is a chance that the access to your webcam is sold in the black market for as little as half a dollar.