The Free Apps That Will Find Hidden Cameras In An Airbnb—Or Your Home | Laptop News

Airbnb is banning the use of indoor security cameras in properties listed for rent on its site. But even when the ban takes effect from the end of April, how can you be sure that a property owner isn’t spying on you?

So-called security cameras are ridiculously easy to disguise. Search sites such as Amazon and eBay for “hidden security camera” and you’ll easily find cameras disguised as smoke alarms, USB power adapters, wall clocks, and many more everyday household objects.

In other words, cameras inside rental properties—or even your home—may not look like cameras. And with domestic abuse charities highlighting how such devices are often used by coercive partners, it’s not only people taking holiday lets who need to be on the lookout for hidden cameras.

Fortunately, there are free apps that can identify hidden cameras inside properties, even those you don’t own. They are not 100% foolproof, but they could help you find a hidden camera in an Airbnb rental or your own home that isn’t immediately obvious to the naked eye.

How To Find Hidden Cameras

The key to finding hidden cameras is access to the property’s Wi-Fi network. Most Airbnb rentals will offer Wi-Fi and free apps can be used to scan the Wi-Fi network, revealing which other devices are connected.

On Android, apps such as Network Analyzer will scan the Wi-Fi network you’re currently connected to and list any device that is currently connected. The Ubiquiti Wifiman app performs a similar job for iPhone and iPad owners.

Although these apps are often all you need to reveal a camera lurking on the network, the listed descriptions of some devices can be opaque. Sometimes all you get is a listing such as “generic…

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