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The Team of soomz.io sent me her webcam cover in the "Gold Edition" a few days ago - free to try out. I took a closer look at the product and would like to briefly give you some information about it. Soomz.io is primarily committed to products that are intended to ward off hacker attacks that can occur in various ways. In addition to webcam covers, there is also privacy film and RFID shielding film in the Swiss company's portfolio.
How important the topic of webcam coverage can be in practice only became clear to me personally when I saw in Mr. Robot how quickly committed, malicious people can tap into the webcam in other people's computers. And the scenario shown there with a Trojan horse on a USB stick is definitely not unrealistic. Well, with my MacBook you would have to give me a USB-C adapter for the infected USB stick, but it is not impossible to take over the webcam on hacked laptops.
Although you can with Antivirus programs and the like to protect against Trojans, but if it is a malicious program that the virus scanner does not yet know, it will not work at first. The only 100% secure way against such espionage attacks is, in principle, to physically cover the webcam. The Mac still has the program oversightthat uses a message window to indicate when a program wants to access the webcam, but whether this cannot be bypassed in the worst case is questionable.
If you practically never use the webcam, you can stick it with a small adhesive dot. That is powerful and in my tests There was never any residue left on the iPhone's front camera. On the other hand, those who frequently use Facetime with friends will prefer a solution in which they can temporarily free the camera from the aperture. For these cases there are webcam covers that are stuck over the camera, but the closure can be pushed back and forth.
This is where the product from soomz.io comes into play, because the cover offers exactly this possibility. The gold version that I received is a model that is made entirely of metal. In the metal guide for the cover, a circle is cut out on one side, through which the camera can then "look out". So that you don't have to handle glue, the back of the webcam cover is already self-adhesive, so that you can position and stick the cover very easily.
Before you put on the webcam cover, however, you should check whether your cell phone, tablet or laptop still has any sensors or flash LEDs next to the camera. This was not the case with my iPad Pro in the picture, but on the iPhone X, for example, the cover cannot be attached without covering the point projector for the Face ID verification, which is placed to the right of the front camera. On the other hand is the speaker, so there's just not enough room for a sliding webcam cover. In this case I would use a little glue dot to cover the Facetime camera. These can also be removed and reapplied several times.
With most laptops, mounting the soomz.io webcam cover shouldn't pose a problem. On the one hand, there are still no models that also have a Face ID user ID built in and, on the other hand, there is usually more space available here, so that there is enough space around the camera for a webcam cover with a sliding plate.
I had read quite a few user reviews of such webcam covers. A problem that often occurs is the loss of the small, round plate when you put the smartphone or tablet in a pocket. With most covers of this type, the plate is only magnetic and thus adheres to the guide that is attached to the smartphone or tablet. This allows it to come off easily and then be lost.
With the soomz.io cover, however, the small plate is firmly connected to the guide. I tried to detach it from the guide with my fingernail but failed. In this way the main problem is solved. However, moving the plate is very easy and, if necessary, can be done with a finger directly before a Facetime call within a few moments.
From my point of view, an all-round successful product. The small covers from soomz.io are also available in a wide variety of colors and designs (soccer ball, Swiss flag, smiley face or eye). There should be something for everyone. : D
If you want to buy such a cover, you can find the complete selection in Amazon shop from soomz.io or here the two most common variants (Set of 3 in black made of metal or a Set of three plastic colors):
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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