Should you be scared of your laptop’s webcam?

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for Hardware 2.0 | February 10, 2019
     
  2. Beyonder

    Beyonder Registered Member

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    I feel like I hear about this one way or another, virtually every week.
     
  3. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    I recall reading that Zuckerberg recommends taping them. So hey :)
     
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    Nope! HMP.A has my back, but even without it not much can be seen through black insulation tape.
     
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    3 Reasons Why You Should Be Scared About Your Laptop Webcam
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    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeanba...scared-about-your-laptop-webcam/#1a4727e44369
     
  6. wat0114

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    Electrician's tape covers mine.
     
  7. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    Yeah, tape. The microphone is harder, though.
     
  8. roger_m

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    You can just disable it in Device Manager and it will stop working. However, if at some point, Windows Update installer and updated sound driver, it will most likely become enabled again.
     
  9. sukarof

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    This is the problem with alerts about malware. Very seldom the news points out how much you have to do by your self until you get infected. Even more rare is the mention of that you like 98% of the time have to be logged in as an administrator to help the bad guy to infect you. And/or you have to allow prompts from UAC.
    With that said, I always tape over the webcam (never use it anyway) just for peace of mind. Even though I never log in as an administrator and mostly run Linux I prefer the religious approach, just in case :)
     
  10. deBoetie

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    As usual, apart from the black tape, running internet-facing apps from virtual machines gives you higher levels of control and isolation.
     
  11. mirimir

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    @deBoetie - Right. You can easily disable audio in VMs. And you need to specifically enable access to a webcam.
     
  12. Minimalist

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    Same here. Sometimes I forget to remove it before making video call :)
     
  13. Soft Life

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    Open up your laptop and remove the microphone. Put electric tape on camera. <--- This is all best.

    We often give cell phones a free pass with their forward facing camera while we demonize laptops. Quite strange.
     
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