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Web Camera Security Question

PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 10:23 pm
by aConvolutedConscious
I'm not really hip on covering my camera...I like to use it sometimes.

Would disabling the camera device driver work just as well? Or, could someone hack in and enable my device without me knowing it?

Thanks for your feedback.

Re: Web Camera Security Question

PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 6:00 pm
by CeaseesaeC
I usually just cover mine.. at least, at the times I'm paranoid enough to cover it..

I would think a skilled hacker could access drivers and reactivate them.. but no matter how much they know about programming, they can't drop a code that will pull duct tape off your laptop.

I'm not 100% sure that they could reactivate a driver remotely but it doesn't sound far-fetched at all. Besides, isn't it way easier to just rip off a piece of tape (or a post-it note!) when you want to use it rather than dig into your control panel? I mean, the latter only takes a minute, but the former takes less than a second 8-)

Re: Web Camera Security Question

PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 10:49 pm
by aConvolutedConscious
CeaseesaeC wrote:I usually just cover mine.. at least, at the times I'm paranoid enough to cover it..

I would think a skilled hacker could access drivers and reactivate them.. but no matter how much they know about programming, they can't drop a code that will pull duct tape off your laptop.

I'm not 100% sure that they could reactivate a driver remotely but it doesn't sound far-fetched at all. Besides, isn't it way easier to just rip off a piece of tape (or a post-it note!) when you want to use it rather than dig into your control panel? I mean, the latter only takes a minute, but the former takes less than a second 8-)


All good points. Thanks for the reply.