One of the most incredible things about technology in general is the break-neck pace at which it continues to advance. For proof of this, look no further than the video camera. Even as recently as a decade ago, video cameras – even those aimed at consumers – were still big, bulky affairs. Sure, they had long traded giant VHS tapes for smaller Mini DV tapes and similar solutions, but they were clunky, cumbersome and heavy. Flash forward to today, and just about everyone carries a 4K camera around with them in their pocket. It’s a camera that also acts as a constant Internet connection, a portable data assistant, a GPS and more. Obviously, we’re talking about the smartphone.

Hidden Camera in Vacation Home

But if this is technology’s biggest strength, it’s also its scariest attribute – particularly as far as our privacy is concerned. If someone wanted to record you without you knowing about it, there is very little that you can actually do to stop it these days. If you check into a vacation home for a few days of fun in the sun and are worried that someone may be spying on your every move, that’s an instinct you can’t immediately write off as paranoia. It’s one that may very well be true… much to your chagrin.

But it’s also not something you have to take laying down. If you really want to make sure that your vacation rental is free and clear from any and all hidden cameras or other covert surveillance devices, there are a few key things you should keep in mind.

 

Sweeping Your Vacation Rental For Bugs: Breaking It Down

The first thing that you should know is that you should NOT assume that the policy of your vacation rental provider is going to save you from being spied on. For the record, it is totally against Airbnb’s rental policy – and the policies of every major hotel provider – to use undisclosed cameras in rentals. That is absolutely not going to stop someone who wants to do it. Sadly, both of these things can be true at the exact same time.

When you walk into your vacation rental for the first time, you should immediately conduct a thorough visual check of the area. Remember that cameras are not only small, but they can also be hidden in seemingly innocent devices. Give everything an examination – from the USB wall chargers to the smoke detectors to USB flash drives and more. These days, you truly never know what you might find.

To take things to the next level, you’ll also want to use a radio frequency detector – a powerful little device that will scan the room to see if there are any devices that are transmitting radio signals that may not be immediately obvious. If a wireless camera is recording your every move and is also sending that video off to a third party, this is absolutely the way you’re going to find out about it. It may cost you $80 up front, but the peace of mind it’ll generate will be totally invaluable.

Finally, you’ll want to pay close attention to the areas where a camera would have to be installed in order to catch you in a compromising position. Walk into the bathroom and think about where someone would have to place a camera if they wanted to catch you in, say, the shower. Then, look for any holes in the walls or suspicious objects in those particular areas.

Yes, these are tricky times we’re living in – especially as far as our privacy is concerned. It’s a shame that “someone might be recording me secretly” is a thing that you have to think about when you go on vacation, but it’s absolutely true nonetheless. Provided that you keep tips like these in mind, you’ll be able to enjoy every last bit of your vacation free from as much worry as possible.