Computer privacy is no joke, especially when hacking attempts can take control over your built-in webcam and even turn it on without your permission. It’s a fairly common tactic for ransomware and other malware, but the webcam on your desktop or laptop usually doesn’t have a physical cover to help protect against these things. Phone and tablet cameras may be similarly at risk.
A great solution to that problem is a small webcam cover that can physically block your camera lens and then safely uncover when necessary for video chats (while you use some trustworthy antivirus software for additional protection). But quality and compatibility are very important for these covers, which is why we’re picking out the best ones, starting with the excellent Cimkiz pack.
Note: These covers don’t work on pop-up webcams – but then, a pop-up cam takes care of the problem by itself. You can also check out our favorite external webcams, which usually come with their own built-in cover options.
Cimkiz WB01 and WB02 Cover 6 Pack
These little covers have particularly durable adhesive that’s still designed to peel off if necessary, but keeps a firm bond for the long term and is designed for desktops, laptops, phones, and more. We also really like that the pack comes with two different color options, dark and silver, for better matching a variety of computer models. They are also quite thin for covers, only 0.027 inches thick, which helps keep webcam quality high and enables laptops to fully close without problems.
Trobing Webcam Cover 6 Pack
We like this matte gray Trobing cover for one reason in particular: It comes with minimalistic little troughs in the slider that allow for easier gripping. So many webcam covers skip this important step, and are therefore difficult to shut unless you have sturdy fingers — and this, in turn, raises the chances of accidentally peeling off the cover. Trobing fixes this problem by making it easy to generate a little friction. While it’s not as thin as our top pick, the covers are only 0.03 inches thick, so they shouldn’t get in the way no matter what device you use them on.
Targus Spy Guard
If durability is your primary concern, this Targus cover is built for extra solid, reliable protection. It also has a unique design that makes the cover very easy to operate without fear of accidentally tearing it off or having it slide open again without you noticing. The cover comes in one, two, or three packs – and the three-pack model has three different colors in it so you can mix and match depending on device color. At 0.05 inches, it’s not especially thin, but a great pick if you are more interested in tough protect.
Cooloo Webcam Cover 6 Pack
If time is of the essence for your office, check out Cooloo’s super-thin 6-pack. Cooloo’s design may be basic, but it checks all the necessary boxes. They’re the same thickness as our top pick at just 0.027 inches, so they’re very nonintrusive. You can get them in several different colors and patterns, such as black, silver, and red highlighted options that are easy to spot.
Supcase Webcam Cover 6-pack
These covers feature a textured exterior that gives you grip when you open and close them, plus a complete adhesive layer to keep them in place. Supcase’s covers aren’t as subtle as some of their competitors, but they’re extremely functional and have the advantage of being available in two different sizes. Many times, users purchase webcam covers and realize they aren’t compatible with their newest device—having a choice of sizes guarantees you’ll find one that fits.
camJAMR Online Privacy Stickers
If you’re looking for something less complicated than sliding covers, privacy stickers are a terrific choice. You can find them in several sizes and designs, and you can keep them over your webcam for extended periods of protection. But don’t worry—the adhesive lets you stick and unstick hundreds of times, so you can remove the stickers easily when you want to use your camera. We recommend looking at other options if you use your camera a lot, but stickers are a great alternative if you go for long periods without using it.
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