We have encountered various incidents when guests have spotted a creepy camera in their hotel rooms. So it’s no surprise that we tend to think of paranoid possibilities every time we move into a new room in a hotel or Airbnb.
The idea that your private moments can be captured without your consent is enough to make anyone shiver. This is the stuff of nightmares.
Luckily, a security expert shared his tips and tricks on how you can check for hidden cameras in an Airbnb or hotel.
Marcus Hutchins (@malwaretech) posted a TikTok showing how easy it is to search for hidden cameras. First, he says you need to look for well-placed devices where a “creeper” might want to look like, like a fire alarm right above the bed, a shower head, or an alarm clock.
In the video, Hutchins uses the example of a fire alarm placed just above the bed to show how to tell if there is a hidden camera.
“One way to tell if the device is a camera is to shine a bright light on it. If you hit the lens of a camera, it will give a bluish sheen. Now you can test this by lighting up your phone and seeing what the camera looks like when placed under a flashlight, ”says Hutchins.
Hutchins also shared that this method works on one-way mirrors.
He noted: “The front camera is the only one that tends to work because the rear camera has an IR filter.”
Although Hutchins explained that the video did not take place in a real Airbnb and was staged for the purpose of the video, he added that the threat was still real.
Thomas Ham, owner of Spy Catchers LLC, a company specializing in technical surveillance countermeasures, also spoke with Fox 31
Some experts including Thomas Ham, the owner of Spy Catchers LLC, suggest downloading the free “Fing” smartphone app.
“The ‘Fing App’ works if you have the WiFi password for the space where you are staying. It will connect to that network and actually give you a list of all the devices currently listed on that network. It does its best to give you an idea of what each device is. Whether it’s a cell phone IP address, cameras, things of that nature, ”Ham said.
Cases of hidden cameras spotted in hotels are alarmingly increasing and you will need to be extra vigilant. Be careful when using public restrooms, hotels, or changing rooms.
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