How to prevent Mac apps from using your FaceTime camera and microphone without permission

“macOS Mojave strengthens user security and privacy by barring apps from using the built-in FaceTime camera or microphone without your explicit consent,” Christian Zibreg writes for iDownload Blog. “Here’s how to review and manage which Mac apps are permitted to access your computer’s camera or microphone.”

“The macOS software has long included an app permission feature that allows you to control whether apps on your computer are permitted to access private information such as your geographical location, the Photos library, contacts, calendars and reminders,” Zibreg writes. “In Mojave, the app restrictions panel includes a pair of new toggles for the built-in FaceTime camera and your Mac’s microphone.”

“Without permission to use the camera or microphone, an app cannot capture video or record audio — not even silently nor in the background,” Zibreg writes. “For your own security, these toggles are off by default.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Great. We’ll still be using physical covers on our cameras, thanks. We’ve seen Apple’s software quality – or, rather, lack thereof – of late, thanks.

We use camJAMR camera covers on our iMacs and MacBook Airs. 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 our Macs’ cameras.

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