How does the HCD app find tiny cameras?
In two ways:
The HCD app uses your phones camera flash to create a reflection from the lens of any camera. In order for the camera to record your activities it must have an exposed lens and so the HCD app can find it.
The HCD apps proprietary video content analysis algorithm then goes into effect, comparing reflections shown on your video screen to known hidden camera identifiers. If the reflection is not likely to be a camera it is just identified with a little blue squares and can be ignored. If you see a steady red crosshair on the screen this is a target you should visually inspect for telltale signs that it may be a spy camera. But remember, ordinary reflections can create false targets.
NETWORK, WiFi AND BLUETOOTH SCANNER
See detailed instruction above.
NOTE: You must connect your phone to a network to scan. As often as possible connect to the actual home or business network, not the guest network. Guest networks rarely have covert devices, although it does happen. The current version of the scanner cannot scan xfinitiwifi unsecured networks. It can scan standard xfinity networks.
How do I know if I found a hidden spy camera?
Look for a small lens about the size of the head of a pin. Also look for Micro SD Card Slots, or USB connectors.
Many spy cameras are self-contained camera and recorders requiring no wires or antennae and may be embedded into devices like clocks, pens or keychain remotes. In this case you should look for a USB connection port or SD memory card slot, these are required to record and transfer the spy video to a computer.
Sometimes there are lots of false targets flickering in and out when I use my detector, why is this?
Remember, one identifier the detector looks for is bright white reflected light. Some environments with shiny dark colored surfaces like an A/V rack or other light/dark contrast like the leaves of a tree blowing against a bright sky may cause red cross-hairs to flicker on and off. The steady red crosshairs are the targets to investigate not these obvious anomalies.
What if I find a spy camera?
If you think you found a real spy camera you can click the camera button while scanning in the HCD app. If you enabled location tracking this will save an image of the camera and its GPS location to support any claim of invasion of privacy you might pursue. You can also click the folder icon in the HCD app and email us the image for a second opinion* email@example.com Take a few pictures to increase your odds of getting a good image.
Are all red targets cameras?
No, look for the telltale signs of a true spy camera listed above.
Is the HCD app available for Android?
We are working in it. Contact us if you would like to be informed when the HCD app is available on other platforms.
Where should I be concerned about finding hidden spy cameras?
Spy cameras have been found in corporate environments, offices, locker rooms, tanning booths, bedrooms, private residences, schools, retail locations, changing rooms, and many other locations where a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Watch our video series and learn more about spy cameras on our Video Page
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Should you elect to email us photos of the image of a suspected hidden camera for a second opinion, at firstname.lastname@example.org, should we choose to respond to your inquiry, we will provide you with our best opinion regarding whether we believe that the images that you have provided to us show the existence of a hidden camera or not. As with the information provided to you by our app, any information that we provide to you via email regarding the images that you provide to us should be used for entertainment and informational purposes and should not be relied upon to replace or replicate a professional's opinion. We do not make, and specifically disclaim, any guarantee of performance or success in detecting the existence or nonexistence of a hidden camera, and any information provided to you by us should only be relied upon at your sole and exclusive risk. Furthermore, we disclaim any and all warranties, express or implied, regarding the accuracy or reliability of any detection or non-detection of a hidden camera by us.