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#1 sharpie

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:29 PM

i saw a guy with a piece of tape over the web cam on his laptop. he said he heard that people could spy on you through it.....true? or paranoid? the only way i know my web cam is on on my laptop is if the green light is on next to it...

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:02 PM

in theory yes. . .There has been controversy over schools using such technology to track stolen laptops, those were on macs though-and in order for someone to do such a thing, they would have to install software into your system in order to do it, through viruses, etc, and even most viruses arnt like that. Chances are highly against anyone spying on you via webcam-unless your laptop is school propertly and/or stolen, and even then not likely-even with the schools that did do it, it was only a couple, and Im pretty sure they don't do it anymore. So as far as your friend goes, Im thinking either his laptop is an apple from those schools, or hes just paranoid.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 04:30 PM

i was thinking paranoid and he doesnt have a mac i think he has a dell or hp.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 10:11 PM

I've made a self-rule to never have a webcam I can't unplug. I've heard multiple horror stories about this very subject. This is nothing new.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 11:12 PM

Hey if someone wanted to spy on me while i was on the computer i don't think i would stop them. if they want to just look at my face all day long. ha let them. hahaha

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 02:55 PM

I've made a self-rule to never have a webcam I can't unplug. I've heard multiple horror stories about this very subject. This is nothing new.

if i was on my laptop would the green light next to the web cam come on?

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 03:26 PM

Hey Sharpie,

If you were on the laptop and the green light is on that means the web cam is active if the light is off it means the cam is off, if it is on and you did not turn it on I would scan for malware or look in task manager. You said you have a mac right? If so then I wouldnt worry about it that much unless you physical let someone other than yourself use your lapptop. :thumbsup:

Edited by computerxpds, 03 September 2010 - 03:27 PM.

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