Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL (Palm Properties)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I hear he also puts tape over the bridge of his glasses.

Apr 19, 2016 10:40 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I take safety measures with passwords, financial and home security, but I just assume everything I do online or out an about in our 1984 Big Brother society is being watched, peeped on video and public domain. I'm not that interesting, so if people want to watch me, enjoy,  I just pray they send royalty checks. All my computers require an external, screen clip-on web cam, I just leave them facing my floor until I use them. All they get to see is the back of my monitor and the spaghetti of USB cables behind my desk 

Apr 20, 2016 12:01 AM
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Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
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If they look in on me, they are the ones that should be scared, not me! 

Apr 19, 2016 11:19 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We do!! 

Apr 19, 2016 11:08 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

For years the clip you see at the top middle of the labtop covers the camera.

Apr 19, 2016 10:48 PM
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Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
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I do not worry about it, and my camera is unobstructed. In this era of global terriorism, I suspect that all of my electronic communications are tapped, and am all right with that. If they want to monitor my camera, let it be. I do not come naked to the office, so there is not too much excitement at the other end of the camera lens.

Apr 20, 2016 04:13 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I've had a folder paper taped over mine for years!  I am far too trusting of people yet have not been too trusting of technology.  

Thank you for the shout out about my 60 Minutes post.  We all just need to be AWARE .... and make our choices from a place of awareness.

Apr 20, 2016 12:46 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I just don't turn my webcam on LOL - problem solved - software uninstalled and no camming :)

Apr 19, 2016 11:10 PM
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I use black electrical tape to cover mine.   Blends in so well, most people don't even notice it.

Apr 20, 2016 04:35 AM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
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Since I'm not the director of the FBI, I hadn't worried about it but thanks for sharing Kathleen Daniels post, I had missed that and is certainly interesting and precautionary.

Apr 20, 2016 04:24 AM
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Bob Crane
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I cant imagine anyone wanting to monitor my webcam, it would be a very boring video of me typing away for hours and hours each day.

Apr 20, 2016 01:54 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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Paranoia strikes deep.

Apr 20, 2016 01:23 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
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I've never used my webcam but I'm of the belief if I'm doing no wrong I have no worries of being watched.  However, with regard to personal safety, I always disable the Location Services app on my phones.

Apr 20, 2016 01:18 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Susan,

We always have the webcam on off.  A

Apr 20, 2016 01:06 AM
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Lisa Von Domek
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I have always done this and years ago many laughed at me about it.  Nowadays, no one laughs and follows suit (if they haven't already done so)

Apr 20, 2016 12:57 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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agent & author

Anyone in law enforcement ups their caution game. They have too whether it is real or imagined. As far as privacy goes? We are all under some sort of surveillance known or unknown..to be sure. Anyone can drop in on anyone

Apr 20, 2016 12:43 AM
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I have not done so but it seems like a good idea.

Apr 20, 2016 12:40 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Actually we have taped our Webcam for a few years now Susan Laxson.  We have still had glitches, in spite of not opening attachments, nor unknown senders.  Fortunately none of the glitches have resulted in destroyed hard drive, and we always do back-ups.  I will check-out the two Posts you mentioned! 

Apr 20, 2016 12:13 AM
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Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

My laptop has a cam? J/K...

I don't use a cam - ever - and I don't have the software installed either

Apr 20, 2016 12:10 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hadn't heard that! Off to read Kathleen's and Patricia's posts

Apr 20, 2016 12:00 AM
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
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Chewing gum maybe?

Apr 19, 2016 11:41 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Yes but i do not go as far as taping me camera. Most important is not clicking on any link in an email, facebook or any page that could corrupt my computer and information,

Apr 19, 2016 11:12 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Not a major concern as of yet and will read the posts.

Apr 19, 2016 10:54 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Never thought about it.  I'll check out your links.

Apr 19, 2016 10:47 PM
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Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

I'm not worried about it. I don't have a webcam

Apr 19, 2016 10:44 PM
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Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I am not to worried as my laptop staying my kitchen and not my bedroom.

 

Apr 23, 2016 02:29 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Yes big time, I have been hack not a great experience

 

Apr 23, 2016 01:19 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

There are so many ways to get access to our information.   Will need to think about some tape on my laptop.

Apr 23, 2016 12:58 AM
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Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

I don't for a minute believe the internet, or even offline life these days, holds any personal privacy or any real security. 

Apr 21, 2016 12:04 AM
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Susan. I have a cover that I use when I am not sure Skype.

Apr 20, 2016 05:49 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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my desktop doesn't have a camera.  My laptop has a chip clip on it when it's open.  My phone has something sitting over the lens when not in use by me.

Apr 20, 2016 03:10 PM
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Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I've often wondered about the camera on our older  laptop.  

Apr 20, 2016 02:38 PM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
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Dance as if no one is watching

Apr 20, 2016 12:51 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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If someone wants to look at my pretty face let them...I have no personal information on my computers.

Apr 20, 2016 12:43 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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I don't think about that but he however is in a very hig profile postion and he may not want to be blackmailed.

Apr 20, 2016 12:38 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
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I've been doing it for a while.  

Apr 20, 2016 12:09 PM
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Willis, TX
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After reviewing the 60 minutes video it really doesn't matter if you put a piece of paper over your laptop computer.  If they can get into your phone that easily they can get more information than just what you have on the computer.  This is not good at all!

Apr 20, 2016 07:47 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
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I've always been concerned about it.  My more intersting mail goes to a PO box as does anything that is searchable online (real estate license, HAM radio license, etc.).  Any groups that I'm a part of where I can be targetted because of being a member have my address as a PO Box.  I also make sure I'm locked and loaded with one in the chamber and the safety off 24x7.

Apr 20, 2016 07:25 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Susan Laxson I don't put tape over my webcam, but I will. I saw the 60 Minutes segment. These were good guys. What are the bad guys doing. No one is safe anymore.

Apr 20, 2016 07:16 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I don't even want to think about that....when I'm done with my computer, I shut it down....

Apr 20, 2016 06:37 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I'm not a FBI director and if someone wants to hake my laptop camera, they'll find it extremely boring since I keep my laptop open only if I work on it. 

Apr 20, 2016 05:59 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I have been doing that for a long time and only uncover it when I'm using it for Skype or similar applications.

Apr 20, 2016 05:51 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Since I don't have any webcams, it's a moot point for me.

Apr 20, 2016 04:58 AM
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Sam Shueh
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You are welcome to snoop thru my camera lens.... 

Apr 20, 2016 03:37 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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Everyone wants to know what the director of the FBI is doing! How stupid but I know what he means. Supposedly 'they' can watch you if you have your laptop open.

Apr 20, 2016 03:19 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Thank you for the post.

Apr 19, 2016 10:39 PM