reusable macbook / privacy stickers

personalize your macbook with a reusable glowing or opaque tabtag. protect your privacy by covering the cameras on your phone, tablet or laptop with a glue-free CamTag. choose from our collection or have your own design turned into custom stickers.

democracy vs. surveillance society

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after watching this short film on how much data private companies are able to gather about you (data that we willingly give them in some cases), you might be forgiven for thinking that, never mind some far flung future, we are living in a full-on dystopia right now. - jason kottke

with the rise of google, facebook and amazon in the past twenty years private companies are implementing surveillance and data collection technologies at a faster pace then governments are able to regulate them. these companies are accumulating an unprecedented amount of user data, making huge profits off behavioral monitoring, analysis, targeting and prediction. dr. shoshana zuboff coined this undemocratic, exploitative and little understood practice surveillance capitalism. this new form of exploitation doesn’t only monitor our private lives, it aims to shape, predict, direct and control every aspect of our everyday life.

we are no longer anonymous citizens. not only is our online behavior being traced, we are increasingly recorded on video and audio. while china is the global leader in video surveillance and facial recognition, observing and rating the behavior of their citizens, london has installed an estimated 420.000 CCTV cameras making it a test case for facial recognition in democracies. police and fire departments in the united states have partnered with amazon’s controversial ring camera network.

with tech giants insisting that their technology is too complex to be legislated while  billions are spent in lobbying against transparency and privacy regulations, dr. zuboff makes a point that we and future generations must step up to the colossal challenge of breaking down this framework of total control – that is polarising world-views, increasing fundamentalism, and nurturing echo chambers and distrust – and work on a better future.

 

July 08, 2021 by volker lobmayr

gradients

animated gif showing black and white gradient designs

during my career as a designer i have always been fascinated by gradients and the three dimensional effects that can be created with them.

minimal design is yet another passion of mine, so i created six new black and white gradient designs, available both as glue-free laptop stickers and privacy stickers.

buy more / save more

i just added a shop-wide volume discount that allows you to buy any combination of designs and products at a discount of up to 50%.

this is an experiment and i don't know for how long it will be running, so seize this opportunity to stock up on your laptop- and privacy stickers.

buy save
2 - 10 %
3  - 20 %
4 - 30 %
5 - 40 %
6 - 50 %

 

new shipping options

as of today, you can choose between shipping with or without tracking.

without tracking / with tracking
 to austria € 1 / € 4
worldwide € 2 / € 5

thank you for your support and happy summer!

 

June 24, 2021 by volker lobmayr

should you cover your cameras?

phone with eye moving on screen  

since the revelations by wistleblower edward snowden it is well known that intelligence agencies are engaging in surveillance on a global scale by activating other people’s cameras and recording them without their knowledge or consent. 

remote access trojans (RAT) have been used for over two decades to gain control over stranger's cameras and spy on them. 

macbook with camera indicator light switched on and off

even cameras built in apple’s macbooks that allegedly couldn’t be turned on without activating the indicator light were hacked, disabling the indicator light while the camera was recording.

app asking camera permission to access the camera

many apps ask for permission to access the cameras on your phone or tablet. this means that these apps can secretly take photos or record you

why you should cover the cameras on your devices

  1. security professionals do it1 2
  2. computers, tablets and phones have been hacked before
  3. camera vulnerabilities happened in the past and will happen again in the future
  4. webcam access can be used by hackers to gain further control over your devices

here's what you get by using a CamTag

reusable privacy stickers and packaging

  1. peace of mind. you can be sure that nobody can spy on you via the cameras on your devices when they are covered
  2. a flexible way of protecting your privacy. CamTags are glue-free and can be applied and removed multiple times
  3. a personal touch added to your devices. you can style your phone, tablet and laptop with a variety of designs
  4. custom branded CamTags to showcase and strengthen your brand

     

    June 09, 2021 by volker lobmayr
    tags: privacy

    CamTag sets

    phone with alternating privacy sticker designs, packaging showing mix design sets

    during our kickstarter campaign many backers wished for mixed design sets. we heard you and put together a few more.

    what design sets would you like us to add? we'd love to hear your ideas.

    just drop us a line here

     

    April 21, 2021 by volker lobmayr

    let's stop racism

     macbook with sticker black lives matter and stop asian hate

    black lives matter – systemic racism unfortunately seems ingrained in our societies. too many black lives have been lost already.

    stop asian hate – violent attacks on asian americans are on the rise since the start of the pandemic. from verbal attacks based on misinformation to physical violence, there have been thousands of reported cases recently.

    we are against racism and discrimination of any kind. help spread the message! 

     

    April 20, 2021 by volker lobmayr

    time of hatching

    easter chick on phone and laptop

    developing a new product until it is ready to hatch takes longer than one might expect, especially during challenging times like the ones we all are currently facing.

    together with our local manufacturing partner we have been testing alternative production methods to further improve our glue-free stickers. the results are very promising and we will share them with you soon. 

    since our crowdfunding campaign last spring we finished producing and sending all rewards to our backers. we are happy to announce that CamTag is now available on our website.

    we created new designs and will keep adding more on a regular basis. 

     

    March 24, 2021 by volker lobmayr

    How do you like your CamTags so far?

    CamTag reusable privacy stickers on Instagram

    Thank you for your patience and great feedback so far! I am glad that most of you are happy with their CamTags.

    Hopefully, by now all of you have received their CamTags and had the chance to try them out. In case you haven't received your reward yet, please write me via the contact form to find out what might have gone wrong and solve it.

    Issues and solutions

    A few backers wrote me that some of their CamTags fell off after re-applying them to their devices.

    First, please make sure the camera on your devices is clean and dry. There shouldn't be any residues of cleaning detergent or alcohol left on the surface, because they might attack the adhesive film of CamTag and diminish the adhesion qualities.
    Second, please apply and hold your CamTag for a few seconds so that the micro-suction cups on the adhesive film can do their magic and adhere themselves well.

    I was notified by a hand full of backers that their CamTag designs started to look scratched and fade after using them for some time.

    Unfortunately, new products sometimes show irregularities even after heavy testing. My production partner and I tried out many different printing techniques and protection layers in order to ensure CamTags look great even after heavy usage. Due to the manual application of the transparent protection layer it might be thicker on some CamTags than on others. We are currently testing an alternative production method to solve this issue once and for all.

    In case some of your CamTag designs look scratched or started to fade, please write me via the contact form

     

    February 09, 2021 by volker lobmayr

    All CamTags sent out

    glue-free privacy sticker on phone

    Hopefully this update finds you healthy and happy despite the challenging global circumstances.

    The past month felt a little bit like a retreat. I spent every morning putting CamTags into envelopes and printing address labels, and every evening packing CamTags into their packaging while listening to an Italian podcast. I'm not so sure how good my Italian is at this point, but I'm happy to tell you that I managed to pack and send out all your rewards by the end of November.

    When will I receive my reward?

    In the past weeks I have received great feedback from those of you who already got their CamTags – thank you so much – while others have been asking about when they'd receive their rewards. During the ever shifting global circumstances caused by the pandemic it is not easy for me to estimate delivery dates. I sent out all rewards via priority mail, so in theory they should arrive anywhere in the world within 2 weeks.

    Please bear with me as I will do my best to ensure that all of you receive their CamTag rewards, one way or the other. 

     

    December 10, 2020 by volker lobmayr

    black friday 2 for 1

    MacBook with 2 for 1 opaque tabtag

    hopefully, you and your loved ones are doing fine during these uncertain and challenging times.

    we are back with our black friday sale! seize the opportunity to get all our tabtag designs on our shop for 2 for 1 before the end of the month. just enter 20BF2FOR1 during checkout.

     

     

    November 26, 2020 by volker lobmayr

    Running a shipping marathon

    My living room drawer packed with CamTag glue-free privacy stickers

    Hopefully, this update finds you well and healthy during these unsteady times.

    Here in Vienna, the past weeks have been rather crazy, the city suffered a terrorist attack the day before entering its second lock-down.

    While I do have an amazing production partner, tabtag is a one-man show and I am packing and shipping out your rewards full-time from home. It feels like running a marathon :)

    Some of you have already received their CamTags and so far feedback has been great!

    I am confident that I will be able to pack and send out all remaining rewards via priority mail by the end of this month. It is very humbling that you are eager to receive and try out your CamTags, however, please consider the extreme challenges we all are facing and bear with me for just a few more weeks. 

     

    November 11, 2020 by volker lobmayr