“I’m probably not alone when I say that I rarely, if ever, use my MacBook Pro’s iSight camera. In fact, it’s become more of a worry to me when thinking about the potential hacking and privacy concerns,” Jeff Benjamin writes for iDownload Blog. “I’m far from a tin foil hat wearer, but I have to be honest and admit that the thought has crossed my mind before…you know, the one where hackers view my iSight camera unbeknown to me.”
“With all of that said, wouldn’t it be nice if you could disable your Mac’s iSight camera with a simple software tweak?” Benjamin writes. “I’ll show you how to do just that.”
“This is for OS X Mavericks or Yosemite only,” Benjamin writes. “I tested this out on my 2014 MacBook Pro with Retina Display running OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 beta.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Software is nice, but that camera is is still siting there unblocked.
Call us paranoid, but first see the related articles below. That’s why we use camJAMR iSight camera covers on our iMacs and MacBook Airs. They’re black, so they work perfectly with our iMacs and they’re removable/reusable. We’ve stuck and unstuck them hundreds of times. We just leave them on and peel them aside when we want to use the iSight camera. Plus they’re only $12.
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Ex-official: FBI can secretly activate an individual’s webcam without indicator light – December 9, 2013
Lower Merion report: MacBook webcams snapped 56,000 clandestine images of high schoolers – April 20, 2010