STOWE, Vt., June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- You are being watched! Schools are spying on students… The CIA and NSA are spying on Americans… Employers are spying on employees. Yes, hackers are able to watch you through your webcam, even remotely turning off your "on" indicator light. What can you do? Well, increasingly the public is turning to a very low-tech solution to feel 100% safe from spying eyes – they are covering up their camera lenses. And, a plethora of new products have emerged to help cover webcams and block those bad intentioned spies and hackers.
A simple Post-It Note or masking tape may be able to temporarily do the job. But, Post-It Notes fall off, masking tape may not come off cleanly, and besides, those solutions look rather sloppy. Enter a number of companies with just the solution – basic, low cost covers made of plastic or vinyl.
One recent entry into the webcam blocking product pool is Gawk Stop (http://www.gawkstop.com). Owner Jeff Nicholson got the idea to make a low cost, sheet of vinyl webcam cover after seeing another webcam blocker on the TV show, Shark Tank.
"It was just such a ridiculous idea that a piece of specially molded plastic was needed to cover your camera lens," says Nicholson. "It is total overkill. People are using Post-It Notes and Band-Aids… it was obvious all they really need is a clean looking, low tack way to cover and uncover their webcams."
The Gawk Stop product is a sheet of six different super low tack stickers designed to work on every device a consumer may have. They are selling the sheets and guaranteeing 100% protection and satisfaction for only $3.95 and free shipping.
According to Nicholson, "Plastic blockers are a higher cost, tend to break, and don't work on many devices. Static decals don't stick to all surfaces. No one wants to use the term 'sticker' for many of the other products that have popped up, but a Post-It Note is basically a sticker – it's just necessary to use a very low tack, movable adhesive."
Nicholson admits that selling the low cost sheets is not profitable but hopes companies see the value as a custom branded promotional product. "This is an excellent promotional product for any school, organization or company that wants to show they are serious about online privacy while also keeping their name front-and-center," says Nicholson.
SOURCE Gawk Stop