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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

You are on Camera

We were shocked beyond words when we read this: A male employee of a call centre in Delhi allegedly put a 'camera pen' in a packet of air-freshener just so he could record women while they were in the lavatory.

Why be safe than sorry

  So, we have decided that it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Just because you think you are in a safe surrounding, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be cautious.

Cameras these days are not like they used to be; in fact a modern camera can be the size of a ring box or even smaller. There are so many cases about women being taped and the footage posted online. As humiliating as that can be, it can also lead to psychological issues.

Whether it’s fortunate or unfortunate, the price of surveillance equipment is dropping and is now affordable, resulting in anyone buying it and installing it.

What iDiva regulars say

We asked a few of our regular iDiva readers if they had ever been in a situation whereby they have been recorded on camera or even been in a public place like a dressing room or a washroom that has cameras installed. Here's what they had to say:

“Well I’ve never seemed to have had a reason to be suspicious. I usually am very particular about where I use the washroom and the places I shop. If I think it’s a shady place, then I do not bother trying on anything there,” Rochelle Dias, 21, Student

“I am always very cautious about where I try on certain things. I make it a point to never ever use public washrooms and whenever I go to an unfamiliar surrounding, I always look around for hidden cameras. if you’re in a huge place, it’s a little difficult to detect it but if you’re in a small room, it’s much more easier,” Prina Singh, 24, Model

“I take precaution when I'm in a dressing room because I know for a fact that there are many cases wherein the shop owners or anyone in general can install a spy camera. So I usually check the place thoroughly. I’ve also told my children to do the same and to be cautious. But no I’ve never had an instance so far where I’ve been recorded or something,” Irene D'cruz, 32, Housewife

Types of spy cam

Marjorie Lapiere, a self-protection product researcher explained on, that there are two types of cameras - Hidden wireless and CMOS.

The hidden wireless cameras are nothing more than a board camera. A board camera is fully contained on a single circuit board including camera optics and all the electronics needed for generating the video signal. Board cameras are very easy to hide because of their tiny size. A video signal is sent to a receiver and is able to be watched right then and there or recorded for viewing sometime later.

The CMOS wireless hidden spy camera on the other hand is what is placed in products such as the alarm clock, wall clock, and almost anything else that is used around the house, business, or even the office. These cameras are so small that they can be hidden in more places than one could ever imagine.

If you’re suspicious of your surroundings look around for tiny holes on objects, it could be a hidden camera.

How to detect a two-way mirror

This is once of the most common problems that women face in dressing rooms, take this test to find out if you’re being watched! It won’t cost you any time.

Place the tip of your fingernail against the reflective surface. If you notice a gap between your fingernail and the image of your nail then it is just a mirror but if your fingernail directly touches the image of your nail then it’s a two way mirror.

So next time you’re out, try and look around to spot if there are hidden cameras. Practice makes perfect. If you’re very particular about this, then get yourself a hidden camera detector, this equipment instantly finds any camera that is wired, wireless, on or even off. All you need to do look through the view finder and you’ll be able to spot any hidden camera within seconds!

courtesy: iDIVA

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