Hidden cameras, audio recorders and other types of surveillance equipment aren’t just for spy movies any longer. These days, you can get an HD hidden camera – one capable of streaming footage over the Internet and one that can be cleverly hidden in nearly any location you can think of – for just a few hundred dollars or less. If you’re a parent who wants to be able to keep an eye on your child’s babysitter while you’re away at work, this is enormously beneficial. At any given moment, you can pull up an app on your smartphone and view a full HD feed of what is going on in your home. If anything happens that you need to be aware of, it will be brought to your attention instantly.

Hidden Camera

Hidden cameras, audio recorders and other types of surveillance equipment aren’t just for spy movies any longer. These days, you can get an HD hidden camera — one capable of streaming footage over the Internet and one that can be cleverly hidden in nearly any location you can think of — for just a few hundred dollars or less. If you’re a parent who wants to be able to keep an eye on your child’s babysitter while you’re away at work, this is enormously beneficial. At any given moment, you can pull up an app on your smartphone and view a full HD feed of what is going on in your home. If anything happens that you need to be aware of, it will be brought to your attention instantly. Unfortunately, the reverse is also true.

One of the good and bad things about hidden cameras is that they don’t discriminate. Yes, they’re easy to obtain and use for people with the best of intentions. But that’s also true for people who want to invade your privacy and do you harm, too. The next time you stay at an AirBnb, or in a hotel, or are in any other location where you think you may be under observation, you need to assume that you are. Because the chances are high that you might be right.

At that point, all that is left is to “sweep” the area to confirm whether or not your suspicions are accurate. Luckily, this is a lot easier than you might think. You just have to keep a few key things in mind.

Sweeping for Bugs and Hidden Cameras: The Facts

The first thing you should do when entering a new environment is take a look around the room for anything that may be suspicious. Remember that hidden cameras can be concealed inside everything — from the traditional “teddy bear” nanny cam to smoke detectors to USB wall chargers and more.

Because of that, you’ll want to examine your surroundings carefully for anything that looks like it isn’t supposed to be there. If you walk into your office and there is a USB wall charger that isn’t yours, pull it out of the socket and take a careful look at it.

If you’re staying in a hotel and are worried that someone may be spying on you while you sleep, think about where a camera might have to be placed to capture that footage. Luckily, there are only so many locations that would be unobstructed enough to get the footage someone was after. Provided that you can think like a spy, you can beat a spy more often than not.

Likewise, it’s possible to flip the tables on these people and once again use the power of modern technology to your advantage. There are apps on your smartphone that will use your device’s camera to “sweep” the area for bugs and other recording devices. There are even handheld devices that you can buy that will allow you to scan the room for any camera lenses that might be essentially invisible to the naked eye.

A lot of these devices can even tell you if there is any item in the room that is broadcasting a wireless signal — something that is very common with modern day surveillance tech. Go through the list of returned items and see which ones you don’t recognize. Your smartphone will likely be on that list, as will any mobile device like a tablet, smart HD television set and others. But if there’s anything you don’t recognize, you’ll definitely want to see if you can find it — because it could be capturing a lot more personal information than you might think.

In the end, it’s important to understand that you can never be too paranoid when it comes to these things. After all, we’re talking about your right to privacy. Unfortunately, as we move into 2019 and beyond, that’s no longer something you can take for granted. It’s something that you’re going to have to fight for.