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    Thanks everyone..........As always it is the simplest solutions which fix things. My lens is now covered.

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    I just taped a piece of paper over it. I want to see the green light if it comes on so I don't cover that up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macgig View Post
    I want to see the green light if it comes on so I don't cover that up.
    That way you know when someone is spying on you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by macgig View Post
    I just taped a piece of paper over it. I want to see the green light if it comes on so I don't cover that up.

    That seems like a nice simple solution, but for those who don't like to mess up their Mac with a piece of sticky tape/post-mote they can use a software disabler to stop the camera from working.

    The directions can be found here seeing that Apple didn't provide a disabling option:
    How to disable your MacBook's iSight camera - No tape required.
    https://www.macobserver.com/tips/mac...le-webcam-mac/
    https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-d...isight-camera/





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    Does the light also notify you if the mic has been accessed?

    It's one of the smaller reasons that I like my Mac mini. No camera or mic.
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    Patrick, the challenge with a software disabling fix is that anything you can disable by software could theoretically be un-disabled by software. But a post-it note is not going to be easily defeated from outside. And it's not sticky enough to leave any residue behind when I do remove it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    Does the light also notify you if the mic has been accessed?

    It's one of the smaller reasons that I like my Mac mini. No camera or mic.


    The mike light Only activates during Use, Unless some hacks might still work.


    No camera or mic??? Hmmm... I guess you don't have family, friends, relatives or business people that you might want to have a face-to-face chat with.

    I enjoyed the use of ours just a week or so ago when my wife was in Mexico along visiting with her sister, and again last month to chat with one of our granddaughter's in Alberta on her birthday.

    Actually a nice device to have with our Macs and iDevices.





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    Disabling camera on new iMAC
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    But a post-it note is not going to be easily defeated from outside.


    Oh, I quite agree Jake, and that would be my choice if I was so concerned of any visual trespass, I just mentioned the fact for those who like or must keep their Macs clean and uncluttered. Definitely not the State of Affairs on my desk!!!! I must be a super genius going by some of the famous quotations.





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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    The mike light Only activates during Use, Unless some hacks might still work.
    Same with the camera, right? I never knew there was a mic light though?


    No camera or mic??? Hmmm... I guess you don't have family, friends, relatives or business people that you might want to have a face-to-face chat with.
    USB cameras work just as well. Unplug when done.
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    Same with the camera, right? I never knew there was a mic light though?
    Actually the light is from a small/tiny but bright LED that's right beside the hole for the builtin camera.

    USB cameras work just as well. Unplug when done.
    Yes, some do, and very secure when disconnected I'd say.





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    I dont think anyone read my post #12. OverSight. https://objective-see.com/products/oversight.html selectively blocks and reports all Mic and Camera use and its free.
    I used to be conceited but now I'm perfect.

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    Thanks Rod. Looks like most of us skipped past that. By the way, the security T2 chip which is used in the new MacBook Pros, iMac Pro, and now the new Mac Mini, also protects against Mic and I believe Camera activation.

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    Rod, I read it and thought I had included you in post #21. The same concern applies, any sufficiently nefarious actor can probably work through any software solution.
    Jake

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    Jake you’re possibly correct but first spyware if some sort needs to be installed on the device. As I understand it that would have to be trough a Trojan horse, physical access or by giving someone permission for online access.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Sprague View Post
    Jake you’re possibly correct but first spyware if some sort needs to be installed on the device. As I understand it that would have to be trough a Trojan horse, physical access or by giving someone permission for online access.

    That was my understanding of the innerworkings of the OS as well.





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