WTF programs can override disabled webcam

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  1. Capo Dei Capi

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    I was messing around with potplayer, and it when I did ctrl+w it started showing my webcam feed. Even though I had disabled it in Device Manager.

    You have to uninstall the webcam in addition to disabling it for the program to not be able to use it, and then for extra security you can put something over the camera.
     
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    I'm hiding my laptop cam with black sticker as best security tool .... keep in mind I'm white hat hacker .... but nothing make you safe 100% online ...
     
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    i use desktop, i don't have a webcam :D
     
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    You don't even need a black sticker, I have a white one that I got from a binder and it works well enough to keep it from capturing anything.
     
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    I used the black instead of white as extra security check .....
     
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    white may fail during alot of light, I only have 1 light in the room, a 10 watt led.
     
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    If you want to go the full out paranoia route, you can always physically remove the webcam. However the on-board microphone is way more of a security risk than the webcam is imo.
     
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    LOL BEST COMMENT.

    No seriously, why don't laptops and tablets come with a "hatch" / "latch" or pivoting cover? I don't understand. It's 2016 and it's obvious that it's a security risk.
     
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    There are some laptops that come with a physical switch for the Mic/Webcam, but they are pretty obscure models.
     
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    watch Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 3 - shut up and dance on netflix. You will yank that webcam out of your PC so fast lol.
     
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    Same. No webcam, no microphone, no problem.

    I do have a laptop, but I only really use it on business trips.
     
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    Google watches you fap.
     
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    I dont give a fuck...I disabled it in device manager.....and skype cant enable it without me manually enable it in device manager.....but yes they say police can watch you when you jerk off....so let them watch....I can give some glaze on their donuts if they want
     
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    You should be ok as long as you don't get a huge message on the screen saying
    " Can You Stop Doing That With Your Right Hand Under The Table Please, I'm Trying To Eat ! "
     
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    I mostly use a desktop. While I have both camera and microphone, I keep them unplugged unless they are in use. On the laptops I have, I have physically removed the camera and microphone. I did this several years ago when I discovered Google Chrome turning on both. Like the desktop, If I need a camera or microphone, I plug them in at that time.

    With Windows 10, you should remove the camera and microphone, or add additional switches to hardware disconnect them as a precaution. Also have concern with Xbox, Play Station, and smart TV's.
     
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    I keep mine unplugged until I'm ready to use it. I really hate cords hanging around that I'm not using always.