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How to Disable Built-In Laptop Web Camera?

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How to Disable Built-In Laptop Web Camera?

How do I cover/disable my built in web camera semi-permanently without damaging the laptop much if at all? So hackers can't use it... (I don't really ever plan on using it, maybe once in a while.)
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go to your device manager and disabled your webcam, not uninstall as it will pop up when u restart comp.
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mingyang wrote:
Apr 9th, 2009 11:30 pm
go to your device manager and disabled your webcam, not uninstall as it will pop up when u restart comp.
Thanks for the idea, but I'm looking for a more permanent solution. Is there some type of black tape I can cover it without leaving very much glue residue until I want to use it?
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you talk about a more permanent solution, then talk about tape and removing it?? what is it that you're looking for?
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mcplar wrote:
Apr 9th, 2009 11:50 pm
you talk about a more permanent solution, then talk about tape and removing it?? what is it that you're looking for?
I'm looking for a type of tape that will cover it with little residue so it doesn't ruin it. A hacker can easily get into a computer and re-enable a disabled webcam without knowledge.
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if it's built in... what about in the bios
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scoobydoo wrote:
Apr 9th, 2009 11:35 pm
Thanks for the idea, but I'm looking for a more permanent solution. Is there some type of black tape I can cover it without leaving very much glue residue until I want to use it?
lol you can't anymore permanent than DISABLING it in your device manager. LOL

that or uninstall the driver for it altogether. THAT is permanent.

tape LOLOL seriously.
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This thread made my day. Talk about paranoid.
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Put a sharpie to it.

Edit: A postit note is low adhesive
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I assure you, hackers have much better things to do than look at you. It's not like there's really anything good to see :lol:

Seriously though, you're being way too paranoid. If you're determined, sharpie over the lens is best. You can remove it with rubbing alcohol.
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scoobydoo wrote:
Apr 10th, 2009 12:00 am
I'm looking for a type of tape that will cover it with little residue so it doesn't ruin it. A hacker can easily get into a computer and re-enable a disabled webcam without knowledge.
Cut a piece of paper. Use the paper to cover the camera and then put a tape of your choice on top of it.
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Seiphas wrote:
Apr 10th, 2009 12:32 am
I assure you, hackers have much better things to do than look at you. It's not like there's really anything good to see :lol:

Seriously though, you're being way too paranoid. If you're determined, sharpie over the lens is best. You can remove it with rubbing alcohol.
I think he's more worried about a hacker catching him spanking the monkey and posting it on the internet and then when his mommy comes across it on the internet, she will spank his ass.

All makes sense.
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lol threadfail
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Umm ... okay other than the kindergarden comments yes a hacker can easily re-install disable cameras in control panel.

i remember when back in the day we used what was it umm....

Sub7 and back orifice and netbus
they used icq or mirc network to send the ip's over everytime they changed it was amazing


they were server and client... you could caputure screen shits control and use the entire desktop, eject cdroms, upload,download ftp, mirc it was actually quite amazing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub7

anyways even though it sounds cheasy ... tape is your best bet.
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Did you "borrow" this laptop from a "friend" and don't want the laptop to phone home with your picture?

Tape a piece of paper over the webcam. You might get tape residue on the lens if you just used tape by itself.
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