An Elegant Way To Block Facetime Camera On Retina Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ooans, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. ooans macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011

    Anyone know an elegant way to block the Facetime camera on a rMBP when it is not in use?

    I did a Google search, but only came up with "iPatch Slim" and unfortunately they don't seem to be on sale anymore.

    Because of the glass surface I would rather not use tape, cause it would surely leave a mark on the long run.

  2. Dovahkiing macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2013
    I don't think there is an 'elegant' way. Actually, I think a little patch of black electrical tape would be more elegant than a slide on piece of plastic.

    This actually touches on something I've been wondering for a while. Maybe someone who knows more could help me understand...

    What's the big worry about people spying on you through your camera? It just seems so paranoid to me. Even assuming as fact that it is possible for someone to hijack your camera, why would anyone want to? I mean besides a spiteful ex, or someone who is on some personal vendetta.

    It just seems to me like there is no real information to be gained from someone's webcam. Even if they could, why would hackers or the NSA spy though your camera? Much better to take screenshots and keylogs I think.
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Search eBay for 3mm round circle stickers.

    None of them will damage or mark the glass
  4. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    What about disabling the iSight kext? It would mean rebooting each time to enable it/disable it?

  5. themumu macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2011
    Indeed. The data on your computer is much more valuable than the image captured by the user-facing camera. If I was a spy and wanted to go after someone to that extent, I'd probably consider the input from their microphone to be more valuable than the camera, and there is no simple off switch for that. When you are working in front of a computer, the camera sees a rather boring and rarely descriptive image of your face. If you are doing something else, might as well just close the screen, problem solved.

    One exception I can think of is when you're watching porn. Wouldn't want anyone watching you back then ;)
  6. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    There are well-known entrapment scams around but they rely on knowing use of the camera, I'm not aware of any covert entrapment/surveillance etc, someone would have to watch a LOT of covert webcam footage to get anything useful I suspect....
  7. rontheancient macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2005
    Office scotch tape (the translucent/matte type) works wonders. It blurs enough, blends with the bezel/screen, and isnt too adhesive to leave residue when peeled.

    And it's cheap enough to be free: if you frequently raid your office's supply room.
  8. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Then don't worry about it. Different people have different preferences. Why does it matter to you that it matters to others?
  9. laurihoefs, Mar 5, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2014

    laurihoefs macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2013
    I'll just leave some links here:

    Meet the men who spy on women through their webcams
    To pay off webcam spies, Detroit kid pawns $100k in family jewels for $1,500
    Man “fixes” women’s computers, watches them through webcams
    Webcam spying goes mainstream as Miss Teen USA describes hack
    School IT allegedly took “thousands” of pics in webcam case

    Edit: Ok, I'll also comment the links a bit. They are a couple of fairly recent webcam spying cases, the motives, and subjects a bit different in each case. While I'm keeping my webcam uncovered, I certainly see why someone might choose otherwise.
  10. Paul123123123 macrumors newbie


    Jan 7, 2017
    Geneva, Switzerland
    --- Post Merged, Jan 7, 2017 ---

    Yes! This sophisticated, sleek, thin, ergonomic and seamless web camera cover recently came out!
  11. killawat macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2014
  12. CE3 macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2014

    If you use one of the little ones, it pretty discreet and barely noticeable. I don't recommend electrical tape as the adhesive leaves behind a messy residue. These can be easily peeled off when you want to use the cam.

    I wish people would stop with the judgements whenever this topic comes up. Yes, this doesn't protect our data or microphones, but some people (myself included) find the notion of a stranger peering in on them or their family at any moment a very violating prospect. Will it happen to you? Who knows. but does it happen? Yes. Even the FBI covers their webcams:
  13. Marshall73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2015
    The webcam is now hooked up to the chip for Touch ID, not sure if it's for security or just sharing a bus. Either way, the little led comes on when the camera does. Just get a little drill and drill it out, fill the hole with a bit of silicon, job done.
  14. Paul123123123 macrumors newbie


    Jan 7, 2017
    Geneva, Switzerland
  15. Chocomonsters macrumors regular

    May 22, 2007
    Saw a picture of Mark Zuckerberg using simple tape over his laptop camera. If simple tape is elegant for Zuckerberg, is it for you?
  16. CE3 macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2014

    Yes, because if you cover up your FaceTime cams when they're not in use that must automatically mean you never use them. And you'll never need your warranty. And you'll never want to sell your used electronics either.

    Drill, baby, drill!
  17. comptr macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2007

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