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A friend of mine recently forgot to turn off her conference call connection, or thought she had, after a conference call with a client. It wasn't until she heard the other party talking that she realized her connection was still live, and so was her image! Fortunately she hadn't been doing anything at the camera other than working. However, another friend actually changed blouses while sitting at her desk - removing the formal business top for a cooler tank top. She was in her bra essentially, and much to the amusement of the men on the other end, quite the show for a few minutes. She was horrified of course, but the damage was done. I'm in the habit of turning my camera around after a conference, until I can make sure I've shut things down. That's annoying because the camera then has to be repositioned each time I use it.
I found these lens sliders on Amazon for $8 and they've changed my life! I got six of them for that $8, so about $1.25 each and shipping with Prime is free. I got them overnight and immediately put one on the self-facing camera on my iPhone as my camera often makes clicking, photo taking noises at random times. I feel like it's watching and documenting me! Not anymore. I then put a slider on my desktop camera (a Logitech camera) and my MacBook Air Laptop. These could be used on any security camera - such as if you have security cameras you turn on inside your van or vehicle when you leave. Simply slide them shut when you return. Even if someone breaks into your vehicle they're not likely to see the camera, or understand what the slider does. And, in reaching to shut it off, they get their photo taken.
EASE OF INSTALLATION
Level, a total, rank non-tech amateur can install. You simply clean the area around the lens with alcohol and a cloth, or other cleanser, then peel the protective backing off and place the opening over the camera lens. See photos for more detail. That's it. To use the camera, slide it open, to block the lens, slide it closed. That's all they do - protect your visual privacy and the camera lens.
REVIEW * * * * *
I highly recommend. I give these five stars for ease of use, uniqueness, and practicality. At $1.25 each they're relatively cheap as a solution, but still a little overpriced I think. They'd be a good deal .75 cents each, but that's not likely to happen. I do think a pack of three would be a great give-away at conventions etc. and could be a big hit! I'm planning on making these part of my stocking stuff gift bag this year.