If You See This USB Charger In Your Hotel Or Airbnb, Get Out Immediately

By Dave Basner

October 4, 2021

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Staying in a hotel should be a relaxing experience, though sometimes guests encounter some unpleasant things. Their room's bathroom might be nightmarishly dirty or perhaps their accommodations are a little too haunted, but one thing everyone should be able to expect is privacy. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and one security expert is sharing how to tell if your privacy is being invaded while you are in a hotel or a rental home.

Marcus Hutchins teaches cybersecurity on Instagram and TikTok and in a recent video, he explained what to look for to know if there is a hidden camera in your room. He stated that smoke detectors can easily have a camera hiding in them, and it is especially likely if it is placed right above the bed. Digital alarm clocks are also used to hide cameras that secretly film guests. Most disturbing, those innocuous USB chargers could have a camera hiding inside of them.

One way to tell if there is a camera in an object is to shine a bright light at it. Camera lenses have a bluish reflection to them.

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Hutchins also suggests guests become suspicious of any devices or holes in a wall that face a shower, a dressing area or a bed, since cameras can be hidden in them.

Commenters were appreciative of the warning, but equally disturbed, writing things like, "Fantastic, another thing to be paranoid about," and, "That's it, I'm showering in clothes."

Stay up to date with more security tips by following Marcus here.

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