Being the owner of well-known social media giant Facebook does have its advantages in life as well as, unfortunately, its disadvantages.
On the plus side, you get to influence a broad range of audiences, own other social media sites and get instant celebrity status with a number of followers. On the other hand, you also become another popular target for malicious attackers, be it in the physical or online world.
The CEO may have overlooked the strength of his security credentials for both social media sites which, reportedly, shared the same password with his LinkedIn account. A security breach confirmed in May found that about 117 million LinkedIn accounts were being sold on the internet's black market where, allegedly, hackers of Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts had found the CEO's credentials.
Meanwhile, in more recent yet related cyber security news, Zuckerberg recently posted a picture of himself on his Facebook page to commemorate an Instagram milestone — the social media site for sharing pictures recently garnered an estimated 500 million users per month, with about 300 million users logging on each day. This certainly is a cause for celebration.
In the photo posted, Zuckerberg is seen holding a cutout of Instagram's feed to his face along with the caption: "Thanks to everyone in our community for helping us reach this milestone!" The CEO is captured sitting beside his own office space back at Facebook headquarters, where a few interesting things caught the attention of Twitter user, Chris Olson. Also, yes, that is an image of Zuckerberg's actual desk as he featured in a recent live Facebook video.
Zooming in on Zuckerberg's desk, we see his laptop with a program open which looks pretty normal for a person working in the office, right?
However, if we really look at the picture, we'll see some details pop out: one, there's a square tape plastered on the spot where his webcam should be, and two, another tape is covering the area where the laptop's mic should be.
If you're asking why, then you'll be glad to know that this is actually a well-known, tried and tested security measure against possible incoming surveillance hacks. On top of his already-available (and paid for) security, the Facebook CEO surely is covering all his bases.
It's a bit brute force, sure, but it really is effective despite its simplicity. Furthermore, the tape method won't even cost Zuckerberg (and you) a fortune.