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  1. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 607
    Win 10
       3 Weeks Ago #1

    Web cams coming on by themselves


    Quite a long time ago I saw mention in here of web cams 'watching you'. A few days ago, I noticed the web cam light was on. So I switched the cam off and thought no more of it. 2 days ago, the same. So this time I checked it out and found several apps had 'permission' to use the web cam including Microsoft Edge, 5-6 others, and Skype. Well, Skype yes, thats my authorisation as I speak to my grand kids regularly. But Edge? Anyway, I disabled all but Skype.
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  2. Joined : Jun 2014
    Posts : 4,172
    Windows 10 Pro
       3 Weeks Ago #2

    On my desktop I only connect my camera when I need it.
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  3. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 607
    Win 10
       3 Weeks Ago #3

    Winuser said: View Post
    On my desktop I only connect my camera when I need it.
    wise man
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  4. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,334
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       3 Weeks Ago #4

    A small piece of masking tape or one of those "dot" band-aids will block the lens, especially on Notebooks. I also keep the webcam unplugged from my Desktops until needed.
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  5. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 607
    Win 10
       3 Weeks Ago #5

    the one in question is sitting on top of my monitor and is is use fairly regularly with skype. So, for now, I'll keep an eye on it!
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  6. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 9
    Win 10 pro
       3 Weeks Ago #6

    Just cover it over or point it towards the ceiling. I have a small plastic clip over the inbuilt laptop camera, and the separate web cam is either unplugged or pointing towards the wall here
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  7. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 607
    Win 10
       3 Weeks Ago #7

    its not come on since I disabled all but Skype
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 89
    Windows 10 Pro x64 bit
       3 Weeks Ago #8

    in Skype, go to options/Video settings and change "Automatically receive video and share screens with" to no one.. this will make it ask you before your cam will turn on or share screens.. this solved this exact issue i had awhile back.. other than that.. i would check to see if your microphone default is set to the webcam.. that will turn it on as well.
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  9. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 607
    Win 10
       3 Weeks Ago #9

    Thanks Bran, will check now

    edit: and done
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  10. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 89
    Windows 10 Pro x64 bit
       3 Weeks Ago #10

    did it not work? also what webcam do you have?
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