Pope Francis shows cybersecurity skills with sticker over iPad camera
Pope Francis has been praised for his cybersecurity awareness after being pictured holding an iPad with a sticker covering the device's camera.
The technique has been used by many tech experts to block a potential hacker's view. While chances of a front iPad camera being hacked are low, it is theoretically possible.
The photograph - which was actually taken in 2015 as the Pope used the tablet to regiester for a World Youth Day event in Poland - was shared on Twitter by internet policy researcher Collin Anderson.
Sticker on the front-facing camera of the iPad.— Collin Anderson (@CDA) January 4, 2017
Pope Francis' opsec: pic.twitter.com/pgBab65lJP
Twitter users were quick to comment on the Pope's technique:
@CDA Simple, but effective.— Mark Cutting (@cybersnort) January 4, 2017
Although some questioned whether the camera was actually covered:
The Pope is not alone in taking steps to protect his online presence. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously been pictured with tape covering both the camera and headphone jack of his laptop.
The image showed Zuckerberg celebrating Instagram reaching 500 million active users but showed his laptop in the background on his desk.
FBI director James Comey last year strongly urged anyone going online to take protective measures: "Heck yeah, heck yeah (I put tape). And also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I am much mocked for that, but I hope people lock their cars; lock your doors at night," he said.
"I have an alarm system. If you have an alarm system you should use it, I use mine. If you go into any government office, we all have our little camera things that sit on top of the screen, they all have a little lid that closes down on them, you do that, so people who do not have authority don't look at you, I think that's a good thing."
Pope Francis has embraced digital technology, regularly interacting with his 10 million Twitter followers and has previously called text messaging and social media a gift from God.