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Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetSecurity · 6 years ago

Am I paranoid for taping over the inbuilt webcam on my computer ...?

I did it ages ago because I thought maybe people could hack into the system and remotely control it ... now in the light of all these spying issues I don't feel so bad ...

How could I neutralize the microphone (it's built in) ...?

People may laugh at me ... but I figure in the light of the recent CISCO phone revelations and other more disturbing ones from years back any backdoors ( if there was one ) put in the system for supposed "law enforcement" reasons even if it weren't used by "officials" could still be used by other hackers ...

http://gizmodo.com/5974814/hack-turns-ciscos-desk-...

So how can I negate the microphone on my computer please ...?

Note - I have never used or intend using either the webcam or microphone they were just inbuilt in the machine when I bought it ...

Update:

Fur - we passed the 50 keys/month target 6 months ago ... thanks to some government assistance we are off loading at least 100/month of coke to just the financial industry ... I forget the reason for their policy turnaround ... something to do with with the stimulus I think ...

People often ask me if I have any ethical concerns over doing this ...

Sure do I tell 'em ... supplying such a quality drug to such a bunch of ar$eholes, makes my heart break ...

But sadly as a businessman I sometimes must put my higher morals to one side

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    >>Am I paranoid for taping over the inbuilt webcam on my computer ...?

    It depends. You still landing 50 keys a month?

    >>I did it ages ago because I thought maybe people could hack into the system and remotely control it

    From a technical viewpoint, this is very easy to do on a smartphone, especially an Android phone (because it's open source). On a laptop, it's possible although unlikely.

    >>So how can I negate the microphone on my computer please ...?

    The best way would probably be to uninstall the driver. You can do this through the control panel.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    no, not paranoid. Adobe flash is another one that is able to take control of webcam and microphone. You can disable the microphone in your control panel if it's windows, or in the BIOS. btw don't forget to run an AV or spyware sweep on your mobile if you have a smartphone.

    http://www.welivesecurity.com/2010/10/06/adobe-fla... adobe settings help

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2009/06/05/t... phones

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/12/public-bu... public transport

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/21/4352596/the-xbox... XBox One

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130529/13032423... more about xbox one

    http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty-lg... facebook

  • 6 years ago

    use the program: spyshelter. its fantastic. it has a anti-keylogger, anti-screen capture, anti-clipboard capture, anti-webcam logger, anti-sound recorder, and anti network spy. you can run your browser etc in a restricted environment (like a sand box), and it has a white listing feature to validate programs that run on your system. there is a free ware version (some features disabled), and a paid. the paid is inexpensive and offers a lifetime license.

  • 6 years ago

    Why the hell do you even care?

    It's not like whatever you're doing is top-secret or even important to anyone.

    Even if it was.....who cares.

    Honestly.

    Who throws a shoe?

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