Hidden Camera Detectors: How to Scan a Network for Hidden Cameras

By: Todd Covelli | Segun Oduolowu | Victor Padilla Posted: 3:53 PM, May 14, 2019 Updated: 1:27 PM, May 15, 2019

You may have seen recent headlines of people discovering hidden cameras in their Airbnb, VRBO and other vacation rentals. While these companies strictly prohibit cameras in private areas, a recent survey showed that 11% of Airbnb users found spycams lurking in their rental. But fear not! Tech expert Ken Colburn of Data Doctors has showed us a few hidden camera detectors you can use to shield your privacy. You’ll even learn how to scan a network for hidden cameras!


1. How to Scan a Network for Hidden Cameras


Let’s start our list of hidden camera detectors by showing you how to scan a network for hidden cameras with the free Fing app. Using it is easy! “You just connect, open the app, tell it to scan the network, and it will tell you everything that it’s attached to,” says Ken. Many spycams use wi-fi and will show up on the network. “It will give you peace of mind that there’s nothing on the network I need to be worried about,” assured Ken. Phew, we feel better already!


2. Check Electrical Outlets


Our next tip on how to detect a hidden camera? Check the electrical outlets and all the items plugged into them – anything can hide a camera! “A lot of these cameras, in order to work, have to be plugged into some form of power,” shares Ken. “And usually they’ll be those wall warts – those big black blocks. Clock radios, chargers – anything you don’t need while you’re staying there, just feel free to unplug it.” Duly noted!


3. Hidden Camera Detector Apps


Finding those spycams is also easy with free hidden camera detector apps, which can spot out glint. Glint is simply the reflection off of a camera lens – a very tiny one in our case, and the lens shows up as a red dot in these apps. “You’re going to look through your screen at all of the things you’re investigating so you can see that little red dot flashing back,” instructs Ken. He likes Glint Finder for Android, and Spy Hidden Camera Detector for iOS.


4. Radio Frequency Detector


We’re wrapping our spycam busting list James Bond-style with a radio frequency detector. Ken says different devices put out certain levels of radio frequency, like your phone, and hidden cameras also put out radio frequency. “This just helps you find the location, and where you want to spend time checking things out,” adds Ken. You can find this hiding out online for about $60.

Hidden spycams come in all shapes and sizes and can eavesdrop on your private time without you knowing it. But now you know how to scan a network for hidden cameras, and have a few tools to protect your privacy.


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