It’s easier to rest when you feel safe.
While the vast majority of hotels and vacation rentals are safe, occasionally a story will surface about a guest finding out that he has been secretly filmed by hidden cameras. Fortunately, a recent viral video shows people how to spot possible recording devices.
The video was uploaded to TikTok by Marcus Hutchins, using the screen name Malwaretech. As of last week, it has garnered over 15 million views.
The advice is actually quite simple.
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The first step, according to the video, is to search the room for any devices that have been placed in areas where it could possibly record something. In the video, the example used is a smoke detector placed directly above the bed. An alarm clock could also be pointed at the bed.
The next step is to physically check the devices for the cameras. In the video, several objects in the room have been fitted with tiny spy cameras to show how small these objects can be. At one point, footage reveals that a hidden camera was placed in a USB socket brick.
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Cameras can be detected simply by illuminating the device. A camera lens will reflect blue, for example, when placed directly under a flashlight. A light can also be used to reveal cameras hidden behind mirrored edges (like the front of an alarm clock or even a possible double-sided mirror).
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Another way for a person in a room to find hidden cameras is to look for infrared sensors on devices, which may indicate that a camera with night vision is in the device. Customers can also purchase RF (radio frequency) detection devices to pick up any signals that the devices can broadcast.