Privacy Tip – Disable Built in Web Camera!

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Webcams can be a window into your home as they’ve been known for being target for malware, which can easily take it over.

This creates a potential for your camera to spy on you!

If you have a built-in camera, here’s how to disable it and protect yourself.

  1. Go to Device Manager by pressing Win + R to display Run window, type

    devmgmt.msc

    and click OK.

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    Open Device Manger using command line

    or

    press Win + X and choose Device Manager on it.

    Windows X key- choose Device Manager
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  2. Find your camera among listed devices. It should be under Imaging devices.
    Right click it and choose Disable.
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    right click camera and click disable
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  3. On next window click Yes as this is exactly what we want to do.

    Confirm disabling device
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  4. Verify that the device is disabled. It should have small arrow pointing down on its icon.
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    Disabled camera
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To enable camera again, right click it in the Device Manager and choose Enable.

Best way to disable a build in camera is to simply use a piece of duct tape or black electrical tape and glue it onto the camera lens. This way even if software gets access to it, it will see only black area.

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