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Why You Should Put A Tape Over Your Webcam

A little piece of tape can give you peace of mind.

When it comes to cyber security, most of us are content with merely staying away from harmful sites, not clicking unwanted links, and perhaps using a good anti-virus software. While all of these are unquestionably important, many users are forgetting about one basic thing that could likewise compromise their safety – covering that web camera.

Mark Zuckerberg does it. Edward Snowden does it. And even former FBI director James Comey does it. So it must be very important, right? And yet many of us, common folks, actually don’t bother.

It’s not about being paranoid – it’s about staying safe.

Cameras are everywhere these days – from our laptops and smartphones, to everything else in between – and that can definitely be risky. In the past, previous reports have confirmed that, unscrupulous and tech-savvy crooks can actually hack people’s cameras and microphones to spy on them.

In 2010, for example, we’ve heard a news report about two high school students sued a local school district. The reason? Well apparently, school personnel “had activated the anti-theft software on their school-issued MacBooks and secretly photographed the students at home.” The district later admitted that thousands of photos of dozens of students had been taken.

Meanwhile, a 2011 incident tells us of Luis Mijangos, a man confined to a wheelchair, who was given a sentence of 6 years for the crime of spying on more than 100 ladies – many of whom were under 18. He contacted his victims, asking them for more naked photos while threatening to make to make public the private photos and videos of them he had in his possession.

A little piece of tape can give you peace of mind.

As the victims have learned for themselves, camera hacking can happen to anyone and the simple act of putting a tape over a webcam can really make a big difference.

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As a LaptopMag article encourages us:

“If you’ve got a computer in your bedroom, put black electrical tape over the webcam. Cut off the plug from a broken pair of headphones and stick it in the microphone jack to disable the external microphone.

“If you’re talking about something and you’d rather the conversation didn’t leave the room, make sure there are no smartphones or laptops in the room. If you’re a company executive discussing sensitive information in a meeting, do the same. Your friends may think you’re a nut, but that’s their problem.”

Consider this seriously, folks. I know I will!

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Meet Codey Rocky, The Robot That Teaches Your Kids To Code

Codey Rocky is being described as a “new coding companion for budding innovators from ages 6 and up.”

Parents, take note. There’s one cool toy robot out there today that’s more than just a plaything – it can also teach your kids with coding skills.

Meet Codey Rocky, an awesome robot that’s been designed to help young children learn coding and AI. Its combination of “easy-to-use robotics hardware with graphical programming” makes it easy for youngsters to learn the basics in the world of coding.

Codey Rocky is “an entry-level coding robot for STEM education, suitable for children ages 6 and up.”

Source: Makeblock

According to its Kickstarter page, Codey Rocky is actually two robots in one....

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A Rover Dived to the Mariana Trench to Unravel Its Deepest Mysteries

Have you ever thought about what the ocean surface looks like miles below?

Ever since you were a kid, you have always wondered what the ocean has to offer. Perhaps you wanted to know what sort of other creatures live beneath it, or just how the surface of the ocean looks like miles below. After all, it is human nature to get curious.

As far as science is concerned, the Mariana Trench is known to be the planet’s deepest point. Scientists from all over the world have been trying to unravel its mystery. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just sent cameras down into its depths – and the images captured are just mind-blowing.

A dive into the unknown indeed.

Source: NOAA

The depth was estimated to be six miles. Equipped with fast internet connection, the agency was able to live-stream the whole trip. ...

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Researchers Discover Hundreds of Pterosaur Eggs Preserved in Three Dimensions

This should help us understand pterosaurs in a much better way!

The world is really full of surprises, and among them is its rich history. From a plethora of creatures that we call dinosaurs to ancient civilizations, humanity really has a lot to learn. In fact, around 120 million years ago, you would be seeing a group of pterosaurs nesting in the sand. And if you think it is impossible, then you are missing – a lot.

A new study suggests that pterosaurs found the need to settle their eggs in the sand. Apparently, sandstorms came and pelted what appeared to be hundreds of eggs. But, believe it or not, they are still in perfect condition.

The phenomenon gave birth to the preservation of the first ever three-dimensional pterosaur embryo.

This is definitely a huge milestone, as only a handful of pterosaurs eggs preserved in such a way were known to history and science. The first three being from Argentina and the other five in China. Paleontologists reportedly obtained a total of 215 eggs, all of which are frozen in time....

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