These days, when privacy issues are becoming the most talked-about subject matter, no one can feel totally secure. This is especially true with hidden video cameras that have been reported all around vacation rentals, Airbnbs, and other private spaces.

Spotting a hidden cam stuck in an everyday object you’d never suspect, staring right at you, is a downright scary and violating thing to go through. But the best weapon against them is arming yourself with knowledge of where and what to look for, in order to feel a little safer.

Bored Panda compiled a list of cameras hidden in the most innocent-looking things and talked to Lina Survila, a global tech PR and chief editor at Abstract Stylist. Lina shared some useful tips on spotting hidden cameras and building self-awareness about your privacy in the interview below.

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Found A Hidden Camera In Airbnb Disguised As A Charger

Found A Hidden Camera In Airbnb Disguised As A Charger

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pandamonium.
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7 months ago

oh, thats scary. I hope that person was at least fined.

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Hidden Spy Camera In A Screw Head

Hidden Spy Camera In A Screw Head

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Mimi777
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7 months ago

Woah!! That’s wild. Most of the other ones aren’t super difficult to spot but with this one no one would know. I wonder how they found it.

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#3

Photo Frame Camera

Photo Frame Camera

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Madison Feehan
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7 months ago

That is genius! (And terrible.)

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In an interview with Bored Panda, the global tech PR Lina Survila said that with rising concerns on hidden cameras in Airbnbs, the cybersecurity industry is facing a big challenge in this grey area. “People's concerns about being watched in inappropriate situations may lead to new regulations.”

However, Lina said that until then, “there's not much that we can do when it comes to rentals.” The tech specialist suggests building self-awareness about the issue on your own. For example, “if you have a suspicion of being watched in private areas like the bedroom, bathroom, or any other areas (Airbnbs, hotels, etc.), look for hidden cameras first.”

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In "Oh, That's A Thing Now" News, A Colleague Of Mine Thought It Odd That There Was A Single "Motion Detector" In His Airbnb In The Bedroom And Voila, It's An Ip Camera Connected To The Web. (He Left At 3am, Reported, Host Is Suspended, Colleague Got Refund.)

In "Oh, That's A Thing Now" News, A Colleague Of Mine Thought It Odd That There Was A Single "Motion Detector" In His Airbnb In The Bedroom And Voila, It's An Ip Camera Connected To The Web. (He Left At 3am, Reported, Host Is Suspended, Colleague Got Refund.)

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Monika Soffronow
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7 months ago

Creepy

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#5

Family Discovers Hidden Camera Livestreaming In Airbnb, Husband Was The Man Who Found The Stream

Family Discovers Hidden Camera Livestreaming In Airbnb, Husband Was The Man Who Found The Stream

We just found a camera hidden in a smoke alarm case in the private living room of a listing. We were travelling with children.
The host admitted to the concealed camera over the phone, only after presented with our irrefutable proof.

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Louloubelle
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7 months ago

Okay, I'm not a techy. How would one find the livestream?

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#6

A Visitor Found An 'Air Freshener' Spy Camera In A Shopping Mall Bathroom In Russia

A Visitor Found An 'Air Freshener' Spy Camera In A Shopping Mall Bathroom In Russia

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pandamonium.
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7 months ago

eeeeeew, thats creepy

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Lina said there are a couple of tactics to do so, like “turning off your light and looking for blinking small dots or searching for radiofrequency disturbances during calls.”

She also warned people to be aware that hidden cameras can be found attached or integrated into objects like chargers, lamps, frames, shelves, and mirrors. “Usually, if these cameras are not using wi-fi, you can find an SD card placed inside the camera.”

In case you spot a hidden camera, Lina recommends reporting the incident to your Airbnb, hotel, or other rental provider. “You may find many free apps that help you find hidden cameras, but when installing them, be careful not to give unnecessary permissions, which might lead to exposing all your information to a third party.”

#7

Found This Camera Disguised As A USB Charger In The Woman's Bathroom At The Starbucks I Work At. It Was Plugged In Directly Across From The Toilet. Please Keep An Eye Out!

Found This Camera Disguised As A USB Charger In The Woman's Bathroom At The Starbucks I Work At. It Was Plugged In Directly Across From The Toilet. Please Keep An Eye Out!

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bryguy
Community Member
7 months ago

One of these were found at my office in the womens bathroom. Management ending up realizing it didn't have the micro SD card so it wasn't able to record anything, but never did find out who put it there. Office is not open to the public either, so it was someone here.

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#8

Couple Found Camera Hidden Inside Clock At Rental Apartment

Couple Found Camera Hidden Inside Clock At Rental Apartment

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Ola Polowczyk
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7 months ago

This one's not very well hiden.

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#9

A Camera Hidden In A Fake Screw Head

A Camera Hidden In A Fake Screw Head

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Mimi777
Community Member
7 months ago

Clever (and creepy) idea. No one would think to look in a screw head for a hidden camera. And the fact that some of these are hidden in a public bathroom or even changing room makes it even more crazy.

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#10

A Couple Who Rented A Home Through Airbnb Say They Were Horrified When They Spotted A Number Of Hidden Cameras Recording Their Every Move

A Couple Who Rented A Home Through Airbnb Say They Were Horrified When They Spotted A Number Of Hidden Cameras Recording Their Every Move

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Zophra
Community Member
7 months ago

Some evil part of me who love to stage a satanic ritual in the house and give them something to look at.

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#11

This Hidden Camera Disguised As A Clock In My Airbnb

This Hidden Camera Disguised As A Clock In My Airbnb

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Jo Browne
Community Member
7 months ago

Blob of gum fixes it - glued in

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#12

Camera Hidden In Pen Holder, With The Lens Seen In The Centre Of The Green Sticker

Camera Hidden In Pen Holder, With The Lens Seen In The Centre Of The Green Sticker

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Miss Salazar Slytherin
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7 months ago

this one was a little obvious

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#13

Tying Up Stuff In The Hospital Ceiling, Nice Spy Cam Mr. Data Guy...

Tying Up Stuff In The Hospital Ceiling, Nice Spy Cam Mr. Data Guy...

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Molly Block
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7 months ago

I don't see it?

Paula Swanson
Community Member
7 months ago

The whole unit is fake. It should have a water line to it as it is suppose to be a fire sprinkler. But it is a fake one.

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cybermerlin2000
Community Member
7 months ago

Not only does it violate everything involving privacy and decency to patient anonymity but if there was a fire safety inspection then it would not be noticed and if a fire started in that room everyone would be in danger

Katy McMouse
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone doesn't trust their staff.

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
7 months ago

https://spyassociates.com/sprinkler-hidden-camera/. It's real.

Mishte Tine
Community Member
7 months ago

Disturbing

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
7 months ago

Well it's a store room (where presumably stuff goes missing and culprit needs to be found) not a patients or staff room.

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Kent Fishburn
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like he is keeping an eye on sticky-fingered employees.

Lydia Coy
Community Member
7 months ago

WTF SPYING ON VUNERABLE PEOPLE WTF

Samuel Holmström
Community Member
7 months ago

I would assume a real sprinkler would be connected to a pipe

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
7 months ago

Now that has to be a jailable offence!

SpaceGhost
Community Member
7 months ago

That's a water hose.

geordan hallberg
Community Member
7 months ago

i dont see it

Natasha Arceo
Community Member
7 months ago

not only is this wrong but it could kill someone. what if there really was a fire and the sprinkler didn't go off?

Daniel Larsson
Community Member
7 months ago

No camera there, the hose is for water -.- ..

howdylee
Community Member
7 months ago

the fact that this is supposed to be a sprinkler head (hint, water) and it's got a data cable not a water pipe. still curious where the lens is.

A Bringhurst
Community Member
7 months ago

I see a sprinkler system

Myxomatosis
Community Member
7 months ago

In a HOSPITAL. And my GP wonders why I have to be in room 14. The hospital that their practice is in I know better than they do. It is the ONLY floor that did not have any work done during the renovations and all the rooms are former private single patient rooms. Only room 14 is NOT a teaching room.

Elise Williams
Community Member
7 months ago

Some duct tape is a good thing to bring along from now on to use AFTER you document it and remove it before you leave.

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#14

Hidden Camera Spy Cam Notebook

Hidden Camera Spy Cam Notebook

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Sent From The Slytherin House
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7 months ago

I kind of need one of these for no reason.

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#15

Water Bottle Hidden Camera

Water Bottle Hidden Camera

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Kevin Donegan
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7 months ago

Why didn't someone use the bottle of water? What, did they put a sticker price of $19.99 on the bottle of water if opened?

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#16

Be Careful When Purchasing An Airbnb

Be Careful When Purchasing An Airbnb

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
7 months ago

And it's dirty as, did they install it in a dirty smoke alarm shell, or has it just been there a creepily long time

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#17

A Micro Camera Hidden Inside An Electric Socket

A Micro Camera Hidden Inside An Electric Socket

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Tanner Wright
Community Member
7 months ago

*Shudders* * Glances at phone charger*

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#18

Coffee Cup Lid Hidden Cam Dvr

Coffee Cup Lid Hidden Cam Dvr

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Admiral_Turtle
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7 months ago

Didn't Mark Rober use one of those in his "Stealing Baseball Signs" video?

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#19

WiFi Shampoo Hidden Spy Camera

WiFi Shampoo Hidden Spy Camera

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Shelp
Community Member
7 months ago

This is really creepy

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#20

Inside This Non-Functioning Smoke Detector Is A Hidden Night Vision Hd Camera And Dvr

Inside This Non-Functioning Smoke Detector Is A Hidden Night Vision Hd Camera And Dvr

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
7 months ago

Replace the DVD with one of a black background white text message along the lines of "illegal files sized for investigation" scare the s**t out of them XD

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#21

USB Flash Drive Hidden Camea

USB Flash Drive Hidden Camea

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Elise Williams
Community Member
7 months ago

Some duct tape is a good thing to bring along from now on to use AFTER you document it and remove it before you leave.

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#22

Wall Clock Hidden Camera

Wall Clock Hidden Camera

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
7 months ago

Where though? Is it in that centre bit where the hands attach?

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#23

Outlet Hidden Camera

Outlet Hidden Camera

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Rebecca
Community Member
7 months ago

The plug looks like a sad face.

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