Secretly turning off the green light on the inbuilt camera

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Michael Baker, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Michael Baker
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    Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question, but is there any way (hackers, for instance) to turn off that little green light that lets you know the inbuilt camera is running on a MacBook Pro?

    Are there any apps that can allow the camera and audio to run without the user knowing about it (much the same way a keylogger program can run without the operator's knowledge)?

    Am I being paranoid by covering the camera with a band-aid? It feels weird having a camera staring at me all the time.
     
  2. EricNau
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    No, the green light must remain on when the camera is activated. Unless of course the light is broken.
     
  3. claimed4all
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    I remember a post on here about a guy that cut a perfect square of plastic and covered it up, he had pics and you could hardly notice. Its a thought.
     
  4. alexbates
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    Yeah, thats a good idea. Or you could just Use a Black sharpie, silver sharpie, or white out depending on what color MacBook you have.
     
  5. creator2456
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    If you go this route, it is then possible to reverse with some rubbing alcohol as it will remove the sharpie.
     
  6. brand
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    I like the idea of just using a 1/2" drill bit to drill out the camera. Though it is a bit more permanent. :eek:
     
  7. sn00pie
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    Yeah, I wouldn't mind covering mine. I don't think I've ever used it since I've owned my Macbook!
     

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