You’ve heard all the scary stories about hidden video cameras. You might remember ESPN reporter Erin Andrews’ story about being spied on in a hotel room – heck, that “hotel peephole” scandal turned into a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.
You have heard Kim Komando talk about finding a spycam during one of her overnight stays. You’ve watched and heard Kim talk about the risks of using Wi-Fi-connected baby monitors.
You know how to protect yourself, right? If you follow the advice of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others, it starts with putting a piece of tape over your devices’ webcams.
But that helps only when you’re worried about hackers remotely accessing your laptops, tablets and smartphones to watch you. What happens when you’re at a friend’s house?
Do you know if you’re being spied on when you’re in a colleague’s home office for a meeting? How do you know if you’re being spied on when your family visits an Open House in your neighborhood?
You will not believe where other people are hiding spycams. We’ve found 10 shocking places to hide them, just check out this list.
1. Water Bottle
Can you see the hidden video camera in this water bottle? Would you ever guess in a million years that there was a spy cam in there?
Of course not. That’s what makes spycams so effective – they’re so frustratingly hard for you to find.
You may even have spycams at your own home to see who’s at the door. You may have a home security system like our sponsor SimpliSafe to monitor when your children get home from school or to call the police when there’s an intruder.
2. Coat Hook
This motion-sensor-activated video camera is almost impossible to detect. Yet it takes high-quality video with a resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels.
It has a microSD memory card with up to 16GB of storage. Plus, its battery has a life of about eight hours, so you can record while you’re at work.
3. Wall Clock
If there’s one lesson in all these hidden spycams, like the one hidden in this clock, it’s that you just need to assume you’re being recorded all the time. Be careful what you do and where you do it.
This hidden camera in a wall clock works with your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. It’s Wi-Fi enabled, so you can watch live video wherever you are.
This cam uses a 32GB memory card that can store up to 32 hours of video. The video itself is high definition with 1280 x 720 pixels.
4. Smoke Detector
Smoke detectors have been part of our lives for decades. They’re so commonplace that you don’t even notice them anymore.
So it’s the perfect place to hide a video camera. This one is the Camscura Micro Side View Smoke Detector Hidden Camera.
It has a motion-activated video camera that records in the daytime and nighttime. It records in high definition 1280 x 720 and comes with a 32GB microSD card to store recorded videos.
5. Ballpoint Pen
Have you ever thought about recording a conversation at work, or with family members or friends? You can with this ballpoint pen camera.
This nearly invisible video camera records in the AVI format in high definition with an impressive 1920 x 1080 pixels. You can also take JPG snapshots with 1280 x 1024 resolution.
You can store up to 32GB of videos and photos with a microSD memory card. (The microSD card is sold separately.)
Much like the ballpoint pen camera, there are other wearable spycams. That includes video cameras in neckties.
You can record up to 10 hours of video in 720 x 480 resolution. But no one will ever know you’re recording them, except you.
Can you spot the video camera? Can you spot the 4GB of built-in storage?
Hidden cameras in eyeglasses like these record in 1280 x 720 high definition at speeds of around 30 frames per second. That ensures you capture lots of details, whether you’re recording an important lecture at school, a business meeting or you’re prepping for a legal case.
8. Landscape Rock
You’ve probably hidden a house key under a rock. But have you thought about putting a hidden video camera inside one?
This landscaping rock comes equipped with a spycam. You can keep tabs on what’s happening outside your home.
This SecureGuard rock, which requires a monthly subscription, comes with 16GB of memory built in. It records in HD and has a battery life of about two months.
9. Floral Display
Your invited guests will love the beauty of a floral arrangement in your home. Your uninvited guests, meaning intruders and burglars, will hate it.
This Fern Wi-Fi HD Hidden Camera from Brickhouse Security lets you remotely watch live video to see what’s going on inside your home. You just sign up for the free smartphone app so you can watch from anywhere.
10. Coffee Maker
Talk about being hidden. You never notice a person’s coffeemaker, unless it’s a fancy, expensive one that’s prominently on display on their kitchen countertop.
Most coffee makers are so ordinary that they blend right into the background. Which is precisely the point of having a spycam hidden in one.
Criminals will never know it’s there. Plus, you can see what your family and houseguests are up to when you’re not home!
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