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Can people look through my webcam with out me knowing?

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by 4fingers97, Dec 15, 2009.

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  1. 4fingers97

    4fingers97 Notebook Evangelist

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    Hey well yeah I am paranoid and was wondering if someone can look through my webcam with out me knowing? I have a built in webcam and I use it to talk to friends alot, so I dont want to put a piece of tape on it. is there a way I can disable it? also what are the chances someone is watching me and how can I tell?
     
  2. xxbadboys93

    xxbadboys93 Notebook Deity

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    Your computer manufacter is always watching, hence why they put it there. Lol well if someone has access to your computer they can watch you. Like a keylogger.
     
  3. surfasb

    surfasb Titles Shmm-itles

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    Otherwise, for all practical purposes, no.
     
  4. 4fingers97

    4fingers97 Notebook Evangelist

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    So how could I tell if I have a keylog in my laptop?
     
  5. newsposter

    newsposter Notebook Virtuoso

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    there are some flash and silverlight bugs that have been exploited to take control of remote webcams.
     
  6. 5482741

    5482741 5482741

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    There's various trojans that do this.
     
  7. 4fingers97

    4fingers97 Notebook Evangelist

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    Well if I get one how could I get rid of it? I don't want people looking at me.
     
  8. Forge

    Forge Super Stylin'

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    If you're that worried, cover up your webcam with a post-it.
     
  9. MidnightSun

    MidnightSun Emodicon Super Moderator

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    Hahaha :rolleyes:

    Well, on most laptops, there's a power light that indicates when the webcam is receiving power, so if that light is on when it's not supposed to be, you can tell.
     
  10. deeastman

    deeastman Notebook Deity

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    You will also be able to tell if you see videos for download such as "97 ways to use 4 fingers".:eek: :eek: :eek:
     
  11. moral hazard

    moral hazard Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I'm sure a virus could disable the light.


    Ask yourself this:
    Are you really that interesting that somebody would put in so much effort into watching you?
     
  12. 4fingers97

    4fingers97 Notebook Evangelist

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    Lol its not that I am doing something I dont want them to see. I just dont like the feeling that someone could be watching me. and no I am not that interesting.
     
  13. timesquaredesi

    timesquaredesi MagicPeople VooDooPeople

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    very good q. im gonna put duct tape / electrical tape over mine since i dont use it. :D
     
  14. Thisisalamp

    Thisisalamp Notebook Deity

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    If you're ever going to use the post-it idea, be sure to write on it.

    Say hi or "Good job hacking my webcam, good luck finding me"
     
  15. davepermen

    davepermen Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    depends on the light. if it's hw locked that you CAN'T disable it, then no. except if the cam could be firmware upgradeable and all, then it could. but most likely, nobody would. except if you're some crazy 007..


    then again, OP, could you just hold the left arm up.. it would look funny to us.

    :)




    edit: in other news, all our work laptops have only a mic (no webcam). that mic is invisible, and always on.. i don't want to know how one could abuse that... :confused:
     
  16. pukemon

    pukemon are you unplugged?

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    someone using your webcam has alot of potential consequences/inconveniences. i have mine covered with electrical tape.
     
  17. Amnesiac

    Amnesiac 404

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    Are you serious? I think it's fairly unlikely that someone is watching you through your webcam.
     
  18. KimoT

    KimoT Are we not men?

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    The odds are very low: lower than winning the lottery. Keep you antivirus up to date, avoid dodgy web sites, and don't lend your laptop to the NSA. If you do cover it with tape, use a small piece of paper over the lens first so that you don't get adhesive residue.
     
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    neenee Notebook Consultant

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    Some laptops allow you to disable the camera hardware in your bios.
    An alternative would be to disable the device in your OS, in Windows for instance, use Device Manager - right-click your camera, and select 'Disable'.
     
  20. Mr.KL

    Mr.KL Notebook Evangelist

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    Why not just unplug it if you are that paranoid? It's technically impossible. Much more likely your neighbor next door is a voyuer peeking through your windows, esp. bathroom and bedroom or the people across the street are using night vision goggles to see if you are home and casing your house so they can take your beloved laptop. lol
     
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