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  1. #1
    Cannot disable isight
    I have a Mac OS 10.8

    I followed the instructions on this site here How to Disable the iSight Camera | eHow and moved my component file to a separate folder and I even tried moving it to the trash temporarily. But regardless of what I do with it, isight still operates just fine from photo booth.

    How do I disable isight?

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    Cannot disable isight
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    Quote Originally Posted by seph velut View Post
    But regardless of what I do with it, isight still operates just fine from photo booth.

    How do I disable isight?
    I really don't understand the problem??

    If the iSight camera works fine in Photo Booth...why would you want to disable it?? The main purpose of the "Photo Booth" app is to simulate a "Photo Booth". If you disable the iSight camera in Photo Booth...then there's not a whole lot of purpose for Photo Booth.

    If you meant something else...please clarify!

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  3. #3
    Hi

    My intent is to disable isight. I used the Photo Booth app to test wether or not isight was in fact disabled. Because photo booth was still operating the way its supposed to (with isight) then isight is not disabled completely. Which is my wish.

    Any way to disable isight completely?

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    Cannot disable isight
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    Quote Originally Posted by seph velut View Post
    My intent is to disable isight. I used the Photo Booth app to test wether or not isight was in fact disabled.
    Ok I see. I didn't realize that you were using Photo Booth as a way to test how effective disabling the iSight camera was via the method you tried with the link.

    Quote Originally Posted by seph velut View Post
    Any way to disable isight completely?
    You didn't mention exactly why you wanted to disable the iSight camera...but here are two ways you can do it:

    1. More complex way: Open up the computer & physically unplug the iSight camera's cable from the logic board. Assuming you won't be voiding your warranty (if you have any warranty remaining).

    2. Much less complex way: Just place a thick piece of adhesive tape over the camera lens!

    HTH,

    - Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    1. More complex way: Open up the computer & physically unplug the iSight camera's cable from the logic board. Assuming you won't be voiding your warranty (if you have any warranty remaining).
    Eeek!

    Surely there must be another way to do this through the OS itself? : (

    The reason I want to do it is because I do not like the idea of apps or websites being able to access my isight whenever.

  6. #6
    Cannot disable isight
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    Quote Originally Posted by seph velut View Post
    The reason I want to do it is because I do not like the idea of apps or websites being able to access my isight whenever.
    Since you have already searched the internet for solutions...and thus far couldn't find one that worked. I'm thinking just put a piece of adhesive tape over the camera! Then when you want or need to use the camera...just peel off the tape. Can't get much easier than that!

    Maybe someone else will chime in with a better solution!

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  7. #7
    chas_m
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    Apps and websites CANNOT access your iSight camera "whenever." It requires SPECIFIC permission from you for websites and apps don't access the camera unless they need to ... and you're in charge of them, so if you don't want to use the camera just don't open apps that require the use of the camera!

  8. #8
    Cannot disable isight
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    I have never had an app or website access my iSight except when I specifically instigated it by using Photobooth, FaceTime, Skype, etc.

    Even so, I'm a little paranoid about Flash sites. For your settings there, head to this page and change your flash settings to what you would like.

    And the website Privacy Settings tab allows you to set that preference per website.
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    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

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    Cannot disable isight
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    Apps and websites CANNOT access your iSight camera "whenever."
    I agree but we have to understand some folks are getting a bit paranoid about their privacy after hearing of what's going on in the news lately.

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    Cannot disable isight
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    Piece of tape...piece of tape...piece of tape!!!

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    Cannot disable isight
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Piece of tape...piece of tape...piece of tape!!!

    - Nick
    But Nick, "Big Brother" can see right through the tape!

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    Cannot disable isight
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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    But Nick, "Big Brother" can see right through the tape!
    Hmmm...then that is a problem!

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  13. #13
    chas_m
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    I for one am not going to enable or encourage the wearing of any more tinfoil hats. We have far too much of that going on as it is.

    As we've learned this week, the iSight camera is about the only thing left that the government ISN'T using to spy on you!

  14. #14
    Just a few weeks ago I would have disparaged anyone who was 'concerned' about their privacy over social networks and unwarranted monitoring. But after the can on that lid flew open just recently, I am a little less naive about privacy

    But my concerns with isight stem from the annoying way Skype and google hangout operate, and sometimes my cam is on when i dont want it to be.

    Cheers!

  15. #15
    chas_m
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    Quote Originally Posted by seph velut View Post
    But my concerns with isight stem from the annoying way Skype and google hangout operate, and sometimes my cam is on when i dont want it to be.

    Cheers!
    Can you explain how that is possible? I don't know much about Google Hangout (and don't intend to ever learn) but I use Skype all the time and have never had the camera in use when I didn't want it to be in use.

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