Even though I am (or perhaps, because I am) a technologist I still stick a bit of tape over the webcam on my laptop. It’s not just that I think I may get hacked, it’s because I think I may be using some conference calling software incorrectly and my face will suddenly be broadcast to some corporate meeting.
And I’m not alone in my solution, I see co-workers regularly sticking tape on their computers, or slotting a business card in there. Even Mark Zuckerberg does.
So, this is why Note 2.0 caught my attention. It’s a purpose built little device that is only $5 on kickstarter. It’s looks great, it permanent and doesn’t leave any mess on the laptop. It can also work with most devices including iPads and iPhones.
It’s not on all the time, it has a flick mechanism which enables you to easily flick it open and shut. When it’s shut over your webcam you can be safe in the knowledge that your webcam is really blocked.
On kickstarter they only aimed to raise $964, but at the time of writing have raised over $84k which puts them 8789% funded!
Your computer stores your personal information, be it confidential business information or personal emails, photos and contacts. When you come to get rid of your computer, maybe selling it, gifting it or disposing of it you will want to make sure this data is gone. In this short guide, accompanied by a video, we’ll show you how.
Firstly, simply deleting files won’t do. Even if you empty the recycle bin they can still be recovered. In addition there may well be data that you don’t know about, in places that you don’t know about.
Windows 10 has a built in feature which will securely erase all your data and apps, and then reinstall the operating system (that is, Windows 10 itself).
Be warned, if you do this there is no going back and your data will be gone forever!
Follow these steps (shown in the video below, direct link here: https://youtu.be/vCjnHpJV2Jo) to securely erase your Windows 10 computer and reinstall Windows:
Make sure your PC is plugged in to a power source
Click on start
Select Update & Recovery
Select Recovery from the options on the left
Then select Get Started from under Reset this PC
From the three options available choose Remove Everything – at this stage this isn’t necessary a secure erase
Select the second option ‘Remove files and clean the drive’. This is the critical part and will make sure all your data is destroyed
The process will take a few hours as it needs to reformat your computer’s storage. The PC will restart a few times and for a lot of that time the screen may be black – don’t be alarmed!
Once the process is complete you will need to set the computer up again as if it were a new one.
When you take a picture on your iPhone it will have your location data which stored in the image as meta data, assuming that you are using the standard settings. This can be read by anyone that has the image.
This is great for organising your pictures, but sometimes you’ll want to remove this information for privacy purposes. Maybe you’re posting a picture online publicly or you’re simply sharing it without wanting people to know where it was taken.
One option is to change your phone setting so that location is not stored. However, this won’t work if you’ve already taken the picture and location is actually really useful for your personal pictures.
The alternative is to use an app. We use an app called Geo Destroyer which is fantastically simple to use. It cost a small fee, but this is tiny and well worth it. You can find it in the App Store here:
First take your picture as usual, then fire up the Geo Destroyer app:
Hit choose and select your image from you camera roll:
Hit share and select Without Location (this will keep other meta data such as time of day etc.. You can remove this too if you like by selecting the Without Data option):
Then share by your chosen mechanism. You can save it, or could even just email it to yourself. We select full size image to keep the maximum image quality.
Here’s the link to the Geo Destroyer app on the AppStore again invade you missed it.