How to Locate Pinhole Cameras

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Introduction: How to Locate Pinhole Cameras

About: Taking back the world, one hacked game console at a time ... Have you ever felt like the technology you love could be used against you? Or that the government is watching you .. a little too closely? Have y…

The method for locating pinhole cameras is the same as the method for locating field spiders. All you need is a source of light like a flashlight and decent eyesight. It also helpful to have a toilet paper tube.

Step 1: Get a Tube

Find a tube that's good for looking through. A cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper or paper towels is best.

Step 2: Get a Flashlight

All you need is a flashlight or something that you can use to focus a beam of light in a dark room. Attaching a couple of directional LEDs to the outside of the cardboard tube can work also if you don't have a flashlight.

Step 3: Look Through It.

With one hand, hold up the toilet paper tube to your eye. With your other hand, hold up the flashlight at about eye level and point it away from you. With one eye, look through the tube and scan the room. If there are any small points of light bouncing back, inspect it further. It might be a camera.

Step 4: I Found One.

If you found a camera, it can be easily disabled simply by putting something in front of it. If it is in the wall, hang a poster over it. If it is in something like a flower pot, put a box in front of it.

Or you could just unplug it, but that would make it very clear that you know they're spying on you.

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    68 Discussions

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    FrenchCrawler
    FrenchCrawler

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Nice Instructable.... but....

    "Or you could just unplug it, but that would make it very clear that you know they're spying on you."

    Wouldn't they get suspicious when you "further inspect" any place where light was bouncing off? If they're looking at the monitor(s) while you're looking directly at the camera, I'm pretty certain they're gonna know you know.

    Unfortunately, there's almost no way you're gonna be certain that someone isn't "watching" you (other then painting everything over and buying new furnishings).

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    karlarward
    karlarward

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I was just thinking that, too. how far away do they have to be to use these cameras where would the receivers be? are they (cameras) run on electricity or by battery? would flipping off the electricity shut off the camera? Yup, I'm paranoid, very. i moved into a little town filled with people that never leave their houses......found 3 marijuana plants IN OUR BACKYARD. this town spooks me

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    superbeetlejosh
    superbeetlejosh

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Marijuana grows wild in many places. I'm told it doesn't have the chemicals to get you high.

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    theJakeness
    theJakeness

    Reply 5 years ago

    I don't care what anyone or any site says marijuana growing in the wild can get u high as a kite but it will mostlikely be seeded and will not produce nearly as much or as nice of Buds .

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    hitachi8
    hitachi8

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    lol , Marijuana grow with the chemical to get you high NORMALY . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_(drug)

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    ininstructables
    ininstructables

    5 years ago

    Use chewing gum instead
    When u enter a trail room and u noticed a black hole around just insert some of your chewing gum on it ?

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    robac
    robac

    12 years ago on Introduction

    what's the point of this instructable? i mean is this common that you have pinhole spy cameras all over your houses and you must find a special way of finding them?

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    havefunwithme
    havefunwithme

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Ive got to thank you Jake-off for your great idea. I have now made $1M from recording hotel fun with hidden cameras and selling the content to a japanese company (all legal as recorded in a country with no privacy laws). In the early days the cameras were difficult to conceal but now I have 4 running at HD in devices that have a 4 hour battery life in objects that no one has ever suspected. My agent now wants me use drones as well. Anyway, I owe you a few JDs !

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    mappum
    mappum

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    haha the guy that made this instructables name is winston so hes just paranoid. if u find one in a tv it might be a telescreen though...

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    karlarward
    karlarward

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    whats a telescreen? hey, you never know when theres people out there voyeristic i think they're called

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    superlox3
    superlox3

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    The name "w1n5t0n" comes from Cory Doctorow's novel "Little Brother". It's a fantastic book, you should give it a read. Likewise, most (if not all) of the instructables posted by w1n5t0n are used or commented on in Little Brother.

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    mappum
    mappum

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    and maybe little brother a reference to big brother? :P thanks ill consider reading it

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    Lithium Rain
    Lithium Rain

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Shhhhh!

    *nervously looks over shoulder*

    the thought police are everywhere...

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    ramroids55
    ramroids55

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Ahh, i hated that book. We had to read it in my senior English calss, AND watch the movie..not the newer one, the one made in the 1940's..the ending pissed me off..lol

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    Lithium Rain
    Lithium Rain

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Why did you hate the book? I didn't like the ending in the book myself.

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    Cousin eddie
    Cousin eddie

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    dont forget employers who use them to monitor their employees (to catch thieves mostly). I've worked in security & have seen these in action. I am also a bit paranoid because of them.

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    Jake-off
    Jake-off

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    even then, how do you know they're not using them to spy on their patrons