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Erlik_Khan 64 points ago +64 / -0

Don't forget microphones.

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SBOJ_JOBS 47 points ago +47 / -0

I covered my mikes and cameras about 5 years ago after seeing a photo of Zuckerberg with his laptop double-taped.

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DickTick 33 points ago +33 / -0

If you go to one of the five below stores, assuming you have one in your area, for like a dollar or less they sell these badass little slipcovers that you stick over your camera on your laptop and it has a little bitty teeny tiny door on it that you slide back and forth whenever you want to use it. Brilliant little device and it works like a charm. they also make them for cell phones.

Of course you can also order them off of Amazon or pretty much anywhere, I just know that I saw them at five below in person.

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Jan6Insurrectionist 2 points ago +2 / -0

Every

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friedchicken 2 points ago +2 / -0

Single

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PhantomShield72 2 points ago +2 / -0

Time

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OH_Mike_Oxbig 3 points ago +3 / -0

I saw them too, right next to the masking tape. Bought the tape, it was much less expensive and works perfectly.

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Jacurutu99 5 points ago +5 / -0

I appreciate him and Gates taking pictures with their laptops in view with cameras covered. It let me know I should do the same. And now its another one of those bitchy, frumpy articles telling me I shouldn't do it now.

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FireTheCannons1776 27 points ago +27 / -0

I remember when you could turn off the camera and mics from the BIOS. You can't do that anymore.

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D__1 24 points ago +24 / -0

I remember when we didn't carry personal tracking devices.

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IrishExit 14 points ago +14 / -0

I remember when you could turn off auto-correct spelling.

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Yaemz123 14 points ago +14 / -0

My autocorrect IS truned off. Waht's yuor piont?

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I_Love_45-70_Gov 8 points ago +8 / -0

I sea wht you turd wear....

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phzoe 8 points ago +8 / -0

In Linux ... move camera driver module into unusual directory. It won't load. You need to manually load it. Malware can't guess the directory path. You can also put the driver on a usb key for more safety.

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Whimpy13 6 points ago +6 / -0

Inb4 malware comes with it's own drivers.

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phzoe 2 points ago +2 / -0

Make a little script to monitor that driver. If it goes up, go to airplane mode or shutdown. Simple.

If you are rooted ... you are rooted. You know the drill.

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Inquisitor_Corvus 4 points ago +4 / -0

The firmware layer can.

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Yaemz123 5 points ago +5 / -0

You can turn it off, but someone else can turn it back on. So, my work laptop is taped over permanently.

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deplorablebot 3 points ago +3 / -0

You probably couldn't really do it then either.

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ThirteenPercenter 4 points ago +4 / -0

There’s spyware that will listen to how you tap your keys when typing and if it can listen long enough it will figure out what you’re typing based only on the sound using predictive modeling.

Pretty damn nuts.

When I type passwords I use a deliberately different cadence and fingers.

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Dictator_Bob 4 points ago +4 / -0

Maybe we should be demanding their removal and move to peripherals. Since obviously none of these people can be trusted and the state is complicit instead of tracking down and prosecuting these creeps.

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FluhanWu 5 points ago +5 / -0

Most consumers would prefer the built in camera & mic. It sucks but my workaround has been to just break the camera & mic, then attach usb cam & mic when needed.

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Trumpdidit 35 points ago +35 / -0

I covered mine up ten years ago, and my laptop is working fine.

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coolhandcuke 24 points ago +24 / -0

Same. I also heard Mark Zuckerberg covers up his camera with tape.

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labajada 4 points ago +4 / -0

you should tape something non-transparent to it like a small square of cardboard.

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D__1 9 points ago +9 / -0

For the CNN reporters reading that, he means you shouldn't use clear tape to cover your camera.

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PresidentBidet 4 points ago +4 / -0

I use black electric tape on mine.

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DickTick 3 points ago +4 / -1

They make little tiny slipcovers now that has a teeny tiny sliding door on it and they just stick over that spot and you slide it open if you want to use the camera. They have them for cell phones too.

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JisSumGy 1 point ago +1 / -0

I didn’t know these existed, but just bought 6. If they work, those will be my stocking stuffers this year! Thanks for sharing!

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BOBON0101 20 points ago +20 / -0

BULL-SHIT .. MINE IS COVERED ALWAYS FOR DECADES WITH NO PROBLEM

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Skogin 11 points ago +11 / -0

Then how do you know if it still works!?

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DickTick 9 points ago +10 / -1

GOT EM'!

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Joshua55 19 points ago +20 / -1

In a couple of years Big Brother will make it illegal to cover your cameral.

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deplorablebot 8 points ago +8 / -0

If you're not doing anything wrong, then what is the problem?!?!?!?

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FrankZappaSA 4 points ago +4 / -0

Here’s how to answer that objection when a lefty hits you with it:

1 - The information from the camera can be saved, retained, shared, communicated, and accessed in the future. There are plenty of things that you can do which aren’t wrong that are still potentially embarrassing for the above reasons.

2 - Judgement can be passed on someone based upon what the camera ‘sees,’ whether or not what it sees is wrong in some way. That is, future decisions by others can be based upon the information—some not to your advantage.

3 - It’s unethical for organizations or other people to collect data (like camera / video feeds) for any purpose without the individual’s explicit consent.

Eric Schmidt of Google once said that worrying about machines reading your emails in order to serve you ads is like worrying about your dog seeing you dance naked. This isn’t true, because the dog has no judgement of you dancing naked, can’t communicate what he saw to other people or dogs, and won’t base any future decisions based upon what he sees. And his presence there while you dance is explicitly due to your consent.

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deplorablebot 2 points ago +2 / -0

Totally agree with all of above! Thanks for the very thoughtful, organized response.

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Keiichi81 5 points ago +5 / -0

Nah, the tech authoritarians will just make it so your camera needs to always see your face in order for the device to function. They'll sell it as a "security verification" feature.

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KrellKrypto 16 points ago +17 / -1

as a guy that knows HOW to make your webcam and or mic turn on without you knowing.

either tape that shit up, or be okay with people being able to watch you jerk off. Its your choice.

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phibetared 7 points ago +8 / -1

Is all you need the person's IP address? It was something around 8 years ago (?) when some guy was charging $50 and he'd send you a program that gave you the ability to monitor various people's cameras. The Feds paid him a visit - apparently they didn't like someone cutting in on their business.

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KrellKrypto 2 points ago +2 / -0

No. You still need to bypass firewalls and shit.

It’s just that once you are in it’s just one command away

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phibetared 1 point ago +1 / -0

Hitchcock made a movie called "Rear Window". Someone should make a new version, using that tempting one click.

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Inquisitor_Corvus 1 point ago +1 / -0

Or know the firmware back door

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KrellKrypto 2 points ago +2 / -0

Well im not a glowie so you know lol

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D__1 4 points ago +4 / -0

Jeffery Toobin has entered the chat...

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__bryan 3 points ago +4 / -1

Newsflash I want you to watch me jerk off

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KrellKrypto 2 points ago +2 / -0

Well then I might as well be charging you for the service ;)

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CollatzConjecture 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yup, the "on" light status is set in software, not determined by the camera's hardware on/off state

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D0ntdrugtest 14 points ago +15 / -1

Hunter Biden. “ wait you can do that?”

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D__1 6 points ago +6 / -0

Hunter Biden also.. "Why would you do that?"

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Whimpy13 3 points ago +3 / -0

Hunter Biden: "Can you smoke that?"

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dew_it 13 points ago +13 / -0

If Apple laptops are so fragile that a piece of tape might damage them, I don't think I want to buy one.

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Whimpy13 4 points ago +4 / -0

Dangerous Fully Semi-Automatic Assault Tape

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DrStormfagFedglowie 3 points ago +3 / -0

For White supremacists

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winningagain 12 points ago +12 / -0

Nice try, feds.

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JerryNadlerBeltFund 12 points ago +12 / -0

I think the tape acts like a bump stock, so it’s illegal.

(Less accurate statements are in our congressional record)

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tiredofwinning2020 11 points ago +11 / -0

I’ve had black electrical tape over mine for years. Can’t really even see the tape and of course, no damage.

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Sekoms 6 points ago +7 / -1

Oh come on now, we all know that climate change, racism, pure bloods and Trump is the actual reason for your laptop being damaged.

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BadManOrange 6 points ago +6 / -0

My work laptop is a Lenovo, has a built in side to cover it. My PC webcam has a cover that I only open when I'm on a call.

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SoldierOnFire 5 points ago +5 / -0

Well, they’re actually right, but a post-it is not going to break it. The issue is after market camera covers that have more thickness to them. They will absolutely break the camera with repeated use due to excessive pressure when the laptop is closed. Of course this is model specific, but if there is no space for a camera cover you are more prone to this happening. It’s not a new thing.

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xBigCoffinHunter 5 points ago +5 / -0

My computer came with a slide to cover the camera.

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Fact 5 points ago +5 / -0

This one is actually missing context. Go on Amazon. Look up any "MacBook camera cover". Look at the reviews (from people who actually use it on MacBooks, not other laptops). You will find complaints and pictures of broken screens.

It's because Apple doesn't put nearly enough space between the screen and keyboard when the laptop is closed, to keep it maximally thin. And, batteries expand a little as they age, pushing the bottom even closer to the top.

Same reason that if you look up "MacBook screen delamination", which is a known problem on MacBooks, many of the photos will contain imprints of the space bar and touchpad even though those are never meant to touch the screen.

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_Sully_ 5 points ago +5 / -0

I actually have this neat little slider that just sticks right over top of the camera. It was like $2 for 3 of them. Doesn't work so great on the phone because I kept knocking it off though.

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FamburgerHelper 4 points ago +4 / -0

I use post-its.

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sentient-potato 5 points ago +5 / -0

lol been doing this (and mics) for 15 years. none of my computers have yet to explode.

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alien123 2 points ago +2 / -0

please send me a pizze before my flight

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Whimpy13 1 point ago +1 / -0

ok jeff

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Jan6Insurrectionist 1 point ago +1 / -0

Wonder if Ms. Frishberg knew that

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Mraboman3 3 points ago +3 / -0

This is a limitless misleading as I remember this when it came out. They were saying using tape to block it can cause damage, which it true

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Comanche 3 points ago +4 / -1

Its weird all these complete clown world articles we share on this site from mainstream media have a common thread to the authors heritage.

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based_trekkie 3 points ago +3 / -0

Staup Noseticing things!!!

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ThirteenPercenter 2 points ago +2 / -0

https://nypost.com/2020/07/14/covering-up-your-camera-could-damage-your-laptop-apple/amp/

From the 2020 article the warning is because someone broke their screen using one of those little plastic stuck on webcam covers over the lens when their laptop was closed. The metal MacBooks close super tight and the glass screen cover doesn’t have barely any clearance room between it and the metal palm rest base, so if you cover the lens with anything but thin tape you risk breaking the screen.

One MacBook Pro owner’s internal display broke after he applied a webcam cover in April, MacRumors reported.

“If you close your Mac notebook with a camera cover installed, you might damage your display because the clearance between the display and keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances,” Apple wrote on its website. Camera covers can also interfere with the machine’s ambient light sensor and prevent features, including automatic brightness and Apple’s Retina display True Tone technology, from working properly.

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friedchicken 1 point ago +1 / -0

No it can't.

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Bonami 1 point ago +1 / -0

I have a theory on this. You cover the camera and feel safe. They have camera capability built into the screen. The nanosecond you cover the camera they activate the one in the screen.

Could be wrong.

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GitmoJoe 1 point ago +1 / -0

I taped a photo of Rosie O' face first to my pc camera.

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Sansa_Belt 1 point ago +1 / -0

My smartphone does not look back at me.

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NotAnotherNPC 1 point ago +1 / -0

Oh thanks for reminding me to check my camera cover. Not tape. The plastic sliding kind. FUCK anyone who thinks I WANT to let you see in my house unless you're expressly invited. Just realized... gotta cover both sides of the phone too.. maybe thats why they put cameras on both sides of cell's... so you can't just flip it over.

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GuerillaYourDreams 1 point ago +1 / -0

I've always done so. But with Google tapping my phone (they do that to everyone's) and MS giving all my information to the Feds, I finally figure, why bother?

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Destineed369 1 point ago +1 / -0

A previous fbi director is the person I learned to do this from. Was it comey maybe? He said he did it so lol

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Leporidae 1 point ago +1 / -0

In all fairness, leave it to Apple to ship a display with a manufacturing defect so tape could peel off a coating.

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Filo76 1 point ago +1 / -0

I swear, if Apple made cars, they would sell consumers turn signal fluid. For $500 an ounce.

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Steady3 1 point ago +1 / -0

I'll take that chance.

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Keiichi81 1 point ago +2 / -1

If putting a piece of tape over the camera is enough to damage the laptop, it sounds like Apple is admitting to selling shitty laptops that break easily.

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GrayManNumber333 1 point ago +1 / -0

Never broke any of mine.

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Patriotparty1971 1 point ago +1 / -0

Been covering my cpu's for 8 years now.

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TheCandorist 1 point ago +1 / -0

I mean, depending what you use to do so you will.

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dagoat4l 1 point ago +1 / -0

Apple likes looking at their soy boys. Also new cameras could see through paper. Get a camera cover or use tape. Tape the mic. If not going to use them ever then disable them too. But don't worry Google and Apple still got you on the phone

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Nanteen 1 point ago +2 / -1

The purpose of the cameras are to spy. If that wasn't their purpose they would have come installed with a little slide to put over top of the camera already built into the computer.

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NoComment 1 point ago +1 / -0

At least they still got the mic.

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tired-of-crap 1 point ago +1 / -0

A microphone plug not connected to anything, and inserted into the microphone Jack will disconnect the built in microphone. It works like the speaker jack, disconnecting the built in speaker so you only hear thru the headphones.

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RedPillosopher1776 1 point ago +1 / -0

They'll just make it so the phone won't function if the camera is obstructed and claim its to prevent unintended touches in your pocket or something.

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LetsG0Brandon 0 points ago +1 / -1

Coof was the reset to force people into their digi-verse. Gov gave out free laptops so kids could do school on zoom...