An ex-programmer and cybersecurity teacher made a viral TikTok video telling viewers the best way to spot secret cameras inside Airbnbs.
In a video that has been seen more than 11 million times, TikTok user Marcus Hutchins this week shared tips for distinguishing little cameras tucked within alarms, clocks, and USB chargers.
To do this, Hutchins initially suggests shining a bright light on top of any speculating instruments and looking for secret cameras put in areas that may be positioned for spying.
Take a look at the video first:
Hutchins starts while noticing that an alarm set right over a bed could be a typical spot to hide a camera. He said: Hutchins begins while noting that a fire alarm placed right above a bed could be a common spot to hide a recording device. One way to see if the device is a camera is to shine bright light at it. If you hit a camera lens it’s going to give a blue-ish reflection,
Hutchins suggests putting the light of your mobile phone to see how a camera may look when set under a flashlight. This tip likewise works for gadgets that may seem mirrored, for example, alarm clocks.
To recognize night-vision cameras, Hutchins suggests turning off the lights and utilizing the front camera on a cell phone to distinguish infrared LEDs.
He explained: The front-facing camera is the only one that tends to work because the back-facing one has an infrared filter, I wouldn’t rely on this method because people usually don’t shower in the dark, so if they’re placing cameras in the bathroom then they’re probably not going to bother with night vision,
Several people reacted to his video and gave their remarks:
One said: That’s why I always try to perform great in 38.8K hotel beds – you never know when you’re getting filmed.
A second one added: Most common hidden cameras in Airbnb: wireless routers (that have notes on them that state: “DO NOT UNPLUG WIFI ROUTER”), smoke detectors, cellphone charging ports, USB hubs, lamps, and alarm clocks. I bought a $40 hidden camera detector on Amazon, it actually works.
While a third one said: Of course now I know this, I’m going to do what I do, but make uncomfortable eye contact with the cameras the entire times.