As Airbnb has become popular, complaints are growing because of espionage. Unfortunately, not all users of this type of service are aware of the dangers of being watched without authorization. In parallel, many who worry do not know how to identify if there are any cameras installed irregularly.
Here are some tips on how to find hidden cameras and be prepared to rent a property with ease, keeping your privacy intact.
How to Find Hidden Cameras
1. Pay attention to all objects
Be wary of everything! Nowadays, the cameras are incredibly small and it is possible to hide them in almost any object; there are even pens with built-in cameras. So check out wall clocks, alarm clocks, potted plants, mirrors, light bulbs and even USB connectors like these up – yes they do have a camera!
2. Use a flashlight to better identify the lenses
Cameras have lenses usually covered with glass. When hidden in objects of plastic, wood or other material other than glass, the lens is detached. One trick that facilitates their visualization is to turn off the ambient lights and point a flashlight minutely in all directions in order to try to perceive some suspicious reflection.
3. Use apps that detect WiFi devices
If the camera’s perception is not visually facilitated, use an app that tracks wireless devices. Since cameras usually connect to the WiFi network, using an app that detects wireless devices can be a good solution.
4. Use a radio frequency detector
If the site owner has cameras attached to a second wireless network and the latter is private, Fing can not work miracles. In this case, you can search for hidden cameras using a radio frequency detector (WiFi and Bluetooth), which can be found in online stores.
Its operation is simple: just plug it in and go scouring the environment; when it finds a device that emits radio frequency, it triggers an audible alert. If this happens with a light bulb, it probably does not just serve to illuminate the environment.
What should you do if you find a hidden camera?
Without hesitation, contact the owner of the property and Airbnb to file a complaint. If you feel too harmed, you can go to the police, but be aware that laws may vary by state or country. If you can not reach the owner immediately, you can try to interrupt the operation of the camera by unplugging a power cable or by covering it.
Also, keep an eye on possible smart speakers, as they can record everything you talk about. And, if you decide to turn off some equipment, talk to the landlord beforehand to avoid misunderstandings.
If you need help, have doubts or concerns, do not hesitate to leave a comment in the comment box below and we will try to help you as soon as possible!