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Cover Your Cam! Sliding Webcam Cover Secures Privacy


The first webcam ever created was at Cambridge University to help researchers feed their coffee habit. Seriously! In 1991, engineers pointed the first webcam at the coffee pot in the Computer Science Department. Then, anyone in the office could log in and see if fresh coffee was available. This way, they didn’t have to waste any time walking to the break room if there wasn’t coffee waiting.

Today, webcams are far more useful. In fact, you can find them on almost every laptop, tablet and phone. The tiny cameras allow you to capture video, or talk face to face with someone on the other side of the world. Unfortunately, the ability to record sound and video also makes them a tempting target.

If a hacker infects your PC with a virus, they might be able to turn your webcam on and off without your knowledge. They can even disable the green recording light so you’ll have no idea whether it’s recording. Once they activate the camera, they’ll be able to see and hear everything in the webcam’s field of vision. The exploit is so common that it has it’s own name: camfecting.

Webcam Covers Offer Security 

If webcams are such a security risk, how can you keep you and your family safe? Chances are your laptop and tablet have their camera’s built in so removing them isn’t an option. The best line of defense against would-be eavesdroppers is to cover your webcam.

When we say cover your webcam, we’re not talking about DIY solutions! Tape and post it notes lose their stickiness overtime, meaning you risk exposure. Once they fall off, you’re unprotected until you remember to replace the tape. In addition to being insecure, tape looks unprofessional.

The smarter solution is to use a webcam cover, like those available at ePromos.

Made from durable plastic, our custom webcam covers offer privacy from prying eyes. They also make great marketing tools, since you can add a custom logo to the cover that sits above your client’s screen. A small cover slides over the camera, an intuitive design that also keeps the lens protected from dust and scratches.

If you’re looking for a promotional item for your next event, webcam covers are a smart choice. Build brand loyalty by showing you care about security. In addition, your logo will be prominently features whenever they use their PC.

Add value to your gift by including other security best practices:

Set strong passwords. This is one of the best ways to protect your information online. Creating strong passwords can take some time, but it’s always worth it. After all, if you protect your devices, you protect the webcam too. Most external webcams have the option of requiring a password to function. Use this and set a strong password that is unique to the webcam.

Don’t click on links. Unless you’re expecting someone to send you a link, never click on them. One common hack occurs on facebook, where computers become infected after a user clicks on a controversial headline.

Don’t Agree To Install Unknown Software. If you do click on a link, or you get a popup asking you to install software, don’t. A virus might pretend to be a warning from an antivirus program telling you to install a “cleaner.” Another popular tactic is someone shares what looks like a file that asks you to install a new program to read it.

Install anti-virus software. A good start to protecting a computer is to install a first line of defense: anti-virus software. Think of this software as a security system for your business or your family.

Update software and firmware. Updates are important because they include fixes. Most hackers rely on outdated software as a way to access your webcam. These exploits become harder when you keep everything up to date.

Call the experts. If you think someone hacked your webcam, speak with an expert. A professional can scan your system and deal with any viruses they find.

Turn it off! Not even the best hacker in the world can see into your life if you power down your devices when they are not in use.

Don’t forget your mobile devices! Your cellphone and tablet have cameras too. Follow the same safety tips on these devices as you do on your regular PC.

In today’s digital world, security is something that everyone should care about. Webcam covers give clients, employees, and prospects a simple way to keep their personal information safe.

Keep your customers loyal by providing them with a safe, secure and private online presence, call ePromos at 877-377-6667.

 

 


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Custom Power Banks: What You Need To Know


what to know about custom power banks

Custom power banks are everywhere – and for good reason. Smartphones, tablets, and other tech devices have become so important in our lives that people would rather have their tech gadgets than sex, alcohol, or caffeine.

Yes, it appears that technology trumps even the most primal of human activities and indulgences.

But what happens when these beloved tech items run out of power? Does everybody’s head explode?

No. Although it feels that way if your phone powers off and there’s not an outlet in sight. People either have to find a plug and recharge their device, or, if they’re smart, they have a power bank, an external battery pack that charges anywhere, anytime.

If you really want to win over your customers, custom power banks are the way to go. They’re fully customizable, they work with all kinds of phones, tablets, and other devices, and, most importantly when it comes to promotional gifts, they’re incredibly useful. Everybody needs power.

You should always give your customers something they can actually use – not something they’ll stuff into a drawer or closet to be forgotten. When your gift gets used, your logo gets seen. You know what that means – your company gets repeat exposure and stays at the forefront of customers’ minds.

Want to learn more about one of the most popular promotional technology gifts on the market? Read on to get answers to some of the biggest questions about power banks.

How do power banks work?

A portable power bank is an external battery in a sealed case with a specially designed circuit to control power flow. It has a USB cable which allows users to charge via a power source like a laptop. This electrical energy is then stored in the power bank for use when a phone or other tech device is running low on power.

Power banks are convenient to transport, too – they’re small enough to tuck into a pocket, purse, or backpack.

What’s mAh?

mAh stands for milli-ampere hour. It’s a measurement of how much energy a battery can store. The higher the mAh, the longer the power bank will be able to charge a device.

So, for example, a phone with a 1500 mAh battery can be fully charged once by a 1500 mAh power bank. A 5600 mAh battery gives 2-3.5 full charges to a phone and will charge an iPad about 40%.

Do power banks work with all phones?

Yes. Since power banks don’t have software, you don’t need to worry about platform compatibility. They’ll work with iPhones or Androids. And they’re not just for use exclusively with phones. If a tech device can be charged by a USB – think tablets, GPS systems, GoPros, portable speakers, and other items – it’ll work with a power bank.

How long does it take a power bank to charge a device?

Most power banks charge phones and other tech items at the same rate as a wall charger. So instead of being tethered to a wall outlet, users can resume their day while their phone charges.

How can I use power banks in my marketing efforts?

Custom-printed power banks are perfect for giving out at tech events, conferences, tradeshows, and more. Or, combine them with other tech items for a combo gift.

There’s really no limit to the applications for using power banks in a promotion. This is one of those promotional products that appeals to multiple demographics. Take a look at some of our promotional power banks.  The newest versions come with wireless earbuds; a nice addition! Can’t decide which to go with? Chat with one of ePromos’ Brand Consultants for expert guidance.

In Summary

Power banks solve one of the biggest issues of modern-day living: the need for power for all of our various tech gadgets. Whether your customers are getting on a plane, working outdoors, or heading to the beach, they’ll never have to sweat it when they get that dreaded 10% battery warning on their phones.

They just slide the convenient power bank (that they got from your business) into their pocket or purse, and they’re all set with a dependable source of back-up power. And since the power bank is customized with your logo, your brand gets a boost each time it’s used.

Is there something in particular you want to know about custom power banks? Ask us! Leave your question below. 

 

 

 

Note: This article has been updated on January 7, 2018 to include additional information.