You could discover the truth if only you had some way of detecting the presence of a hidden camera. Fortunately, apps are available to help you find hidden surveillance cameras using just your smartphone.
Ready to find those secret cameras?
You Are Being Watched
Someone is watching you. This is pretty much irrefutable in the post-Snowden era. But digital surveillance of emails and telephone records is a little less hair-raising than someone actually observing your movements via a hidden surveillance camera.
It’s unlikely that you have never been filmed out in public. You’ll have been caught on CCTV or in the distance on a TV news report.
Over the years it has become less surprising as we’ve become more accepting of closed-circuit cameras, security cameras, etc.
But what about closer to home? Are you comfortable with surveillance cameras in the office, development room, bathrooms, and dressing rooms? Or are these places where you wouldn’t normally expect to find a camera watching your every move?
Without being made aware of such surveillance in advance, you could find yourself being recorded, your movements and actions tracked, judged, and no doubt misinterpreted.
Smartphones Can Detect Hidden CamerasWhile it might seem like something straight out of a James Bond movie, it is possible to use your smartphone to detect hidden cameras, as well as other 007 devices. In general, two common methods are used to achieve this.
Another way that smartphones can be used is by detecting light reflecting from a lens. While this method isn’t quite as reliable, it is still worth having such an app, if only to find small objects dropped on a carpet!
Using Android or iOS to Find a Hidden Camera
You’ll find apps for both major smartphone platforms available in the respective app stores. For iPhone, the $4.99 Hidden Camera Detector is the best option,
Download: Hidden Camera Detector for iOS ($4.99)
Meanwhile Android users should consider Hidden Camera Detector. You can also check out Glint Finder for visible lens detection.
Remember that other options are available. If you have access to an infrared camera, for instance, this should detect a hidden camera, while low-cost devices using wireless networking may well appear in the list of nearby Wi-Fi devices in your home.
If you’re particularly concerned, you might also consider a $130 piece of RF detection hardware, capable of reading the signals broadcast by traditional wireless cameras, as demonstrated here:
Finding Hidden Surveillance Cameras With a Phone
Whichever app you choose, you’ll be able to detect cameras and speakers, perhaps even hidden computers.
They generally work in the same way: proximity to a camera or other surveillance device is displayed, giving you an idea as to where it is.
For example, we used the Hidden Camera Detector. Ready to use when you load the app, it displays a red glow when the smartphone is in the proximity of a camera.