Are people watching me through my webcam!?!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by nokiaapplefan, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. nokiaapplefan macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2017
    #1
    HELP!

    I am scared i have been spied on through my macbooks webcam, if someone was watching me through my webcam would the green light next to the webcam light up? Help me im really scared!
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2011
    #2
    The hardware of the webcam is wired to come up with the green light when activated. There's literally no way it can be activated and not light up.

    This isn't a software or firmware setting, so it's not something that can be bypassed. No need for concern. :)
     
  3. Erdbeertorte macrumors demi-goddess

    Joined:
    May 20, 2015
  4. fisherking macrumors 603

    fisherking

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Location:
    ny somewhere
    #4
  5. capathy21 macrumors 65816

    capathy21

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2014
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    #5
    It's only 480p so they wouldn't be able to make out much anyway:)
     
  6. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

    casperes1996

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2014
    Location:
    Horsens, Denmark
    #6
    Only listen to this post, not the other guys. No need to buy electrical tape or anything. Now furthermore, even if you are seeing a constant green light, it's more likely that an app, such as FaceTime or PhotoBooth got stuck and didn't close properly than someone watching you. In fact, I'm pegging the likelihood of your webcam getting hacked, at about 0,005%
     
  7. duervo macrumors 68000

    duervo

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    #7
    If it's a really, really old system, then it's possible to activate the camera with the light off. For newer system's, it's highly unlikely.

    Read this, as well as the paper discussed there, for more info:

    http://hub.jhu.edu/2013/12/23/webcam-hacking-research/

    Again ... it depends on how old your system is. Since you never stated the exact model of MacBook you have (and poster sig's are not something that I can view,) then I hesitate to just blindly state that you're fine.
     
  8. fisherking macrumors 603

    fisherking

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Location:
    ny somewhere
    #8
    honestly, am not suggesting anyone tape electrical tape over their webcam (there are, if necessary, better solutions)...
     
  9. AltecX macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2016
    Location:
    Philly
    #9
    If someone has access to your webcam then that is the LEAST of your concerns as it also means they have access to everything you have typed including usernames and passwords to your banking sites, and all the files on your computer and any storage it has access to.
     
  10. Mac32, Mar 6, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2017

    Mac32 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2010
    #10
    I hardly ever use the webcam, so I just cut out a small patch of black electrical tape - just so it covers the webcam. This way you can hardly see the tape, and you don't have to worry. You can always get hacked. Just look at various big tech leaders, they almost always have tape over their laptop webcams.
     
  11. AltecX macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2016
    Location:
    Philly
    #11
    And I instantly rip that off when I see it on a user's computer in my office. I have NEVER seen a company actually put tape over a webcam. USERS do that and USERS have no idea what they are doing, which is WHY they do it.


    To me, that is just a screaming "I have no idea how computers really work and watch too many movies". As I've said, if a person can control your camera that is the LAST of your issues as they have likely already logged all you banking and other account info from any websites you have visited. In fact seeing that Green LED and seeing it on would be a warning that you should wipe your computer immediately.
     
  12. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

    casperes1996

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2014
    Location:
    Horsens, Denmark
    #12
    Or the more likely scenario - that you forgot to close FaceTime/Photobooth when you checked if you had meat between your teeth, or just decided to do funny faces. Getting access to a remote computer to the point where you can control hardware like that is no easy task.
     
  13. AltecX macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2016
    Location:
    Philly
    #13
    --- Post Merged, Mar 6, 2017 ---
    Exactly my point.
     
  14. atlas_0 Suspended

    atlas_0

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2016
    #14
    Pro tip: quit relying on Fox News for tech info.
     
  15. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2009
    #15
    I think people here are too dismissive of the the concern. It might not be an outsider hacker, but someone with access to your computer, a friend for example (that is, someone you thought was a friend).

    Remember this case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Tyler_Clementi
     
  16. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

    casperes1996

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2014
    Location:
    Horsens, Denmark
    #16
    OK, sure - But even then, there's no way of doing it in a way where the green LED doesn't light up at least on newer machines
     
  17. atlas_0 Suspended

    atlas_0

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2016
    #17
    Yep. Unless you're disassembling the display section to remove the LED or disconnect it, it's going to come on.

    And IIRC, Apple has a hardware failsafe to disable the webcam if the LED is disabled.
     
  18. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

    casperes1996

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2014
    Location:
    Horsens, Denmark
    #18
    At the very least for some models, you are correct. The circuitry is such that for the webcam to receive power, the power must go through the LED
     
  19. flyinmac macrumors 68030

    flyinmac

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2006
    Location:
    United States
    #19
    Doubtful that this thread was started by someone serious.

    It was a joke posted by a new user who hasn't followed through on his question.
     
  20. Mac32 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2010
  21. Hieveryone macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2014
    #21
    This literally made me lol. Thank you, sir
     
  22. creamz macrumors member

    creamz

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2015
    #22
    I still remember saying that 480p is the best. It is DVD quality, you know...How time flies...
     
  23. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2001
    Location:
    Denmark
    #23
    Actually, that is not true. DVD is 720×576, ie. 35% higher total resolution.
     

Share This Page