I use Symantec Norton for Mac and MacKeeper as anti-virus and firewall protection. However, earlier this week, I noticed out of the blue that the little green light was on next to my Facetime camera. I didn't have anything running that would use the camera like Photobooth, Facetime, or Skype. Nothing I tried would turn off the light.
I ran system scans, looked in my Norton history and Mac firewall and I have zero malware of any kind. After a restart, the light was off and hasn't come back on.
It got me thinking, if someone could hack into my computer remotely, they could probably see through my webcam. Scary thoughts of privacy invasion.
Does anyone know if the Facetime camera can be hacked? Also, if someone does hack in, will the green light definitely come on?
For now, I've changed all my passwords system and network wide and I have a small piece of black electrical tape over the lens. I'd really like a definite answer about the light. I'd pull the tape off and stop worrying if I knew I could rely on the green light, but I can't find anything on the net related to my problem. At least not about a MacBook Pro.
Thanks for any insight. I really want to take this tape off.
Answer by Yarvaxea · Oct 22, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Yes of course you can. It's not even hard, especially on macs since everyone tend to believe macs are impossible to hack. They are very resilient to viruses but when it comes to hacking it's usually easier to get into a mac than any other system. Especially if you're running that piece of shit software Norton. However I don't see any reason to hi-jack your webcam? ^o) You're not a girl so it's probably somebody you pissed off or something who wants to get their revenge somehow. I would start checking the logfiles at least, and get rid of anything Symantec related.
Answer by Compucore · Oct 22, 2011 at 08:05 PM
I'm not too familiar with OSX I do know under wundiws in general just had to go into the device drivers themselve and disable the webcam on the laptop or the desktop. Have you tried and see if there is a section within OSX that you can just disable the drivers for your webcam??
Answer by trueb · Oct 24, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Unless you remove the battery, remove all connections to the computer, put it in a steal box, lock it, and put it in a vault that is 10 stories underground, and no body knows it is there, it is hack-able, that goes for anything... even then, if someone is clever enough, the chance exists that it can be hacked
bottom line is, you can never say something is not hackable... use best security practices and keep up on updates etc and more then likely you will be fine... if all else fails, a piece of tape over the lense seems to work