Man Shows How To Spot Hidden Cameras In Airbnbs

Staying in an Airbnb or hotel is meant to be a relaxing experience. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you want to know that you’re safe and secure.

However, as one TikTok user points out, there may be hidden cameras watching you. Marcus Hutchins shared where and how to look in your next hotel or Airbnb room for hidden cameras.

Hidden In Plain View

Hutchins, known as @malwaretech on TikTok, says that there is one main point to think about when you’re looking to see if a room has any hidden cameras.

Bedroom with a bed, chair, alarm clock, and luggage
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / TikTok
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / TikTok

You want to look in areas that the person spying on you would want to see.

Looks May Be Deceiving

A popular place where hidden cameras are located is in the bedroom.

Alarm clock, wall outlet, and smoke detector on a chair
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / TikTok
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / TikTok

His advice is to look for devices that are positioned where a camera could watch you in these rooms.

Smoke Detector Camera

One way to find a suspected camera is to shine a light at the device.

Smoke detector with a flashlight shining on it
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / Reddit
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / Reddit

When a light is shined at a camera, the lens will give off a blue reflection as you can see in this smoke alarm.

Hidden Alarm Clock Camera

Another popular location for a camera is inside of a bedside alarm clock.

Bedside alarm clock where a flashlight shows a hidden camera
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / TikTok
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / TikTok

Shining a light on your alarm clock will also result in you being able to see the location of a camera.

Pinhole Outlet Camera

He says don’t end your search at the devices themselves.

Wall outlet and a small camera can be seen with a flashlight on it
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / TikTok
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / TikTok

The light shining method also revealed this small pinhole camera that was located in the wall charging port of the alarm clock.

Night Vision Camera

The front-facing camera of your phone will also help you located the LEDs of night vision cameras.

Dark room but light on the smoke detector can be seen through front-facing phone camera
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / TikTok
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / TikTok

The two small dots at the top of the device are the LEDs that the camera uses to see at night.

Night Vision Alarm Clock

Further investigation revealed that the alarm clock also had night vision capability.

Finger covering the screen of an alarm clock showing the LED hidden cameras
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / TikTok
Photo Credit: @malwaretech / TikTok

The front-facing camera combined with covering up the main screen of the clock reveals a row of LEDs along the bottom.

Analyze Devices In The Room

Marcus says it’s important to remember that these cameras can be extremely small and located in just about anything.


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So take a closer look at the devices in your hotel or Airbnb next time.