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  1.    14 Nov 2016 #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.    14 Nov 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2014
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    Windows 10 Pro

    On my desktop I only connect my camera when I need it.
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  3.    14 Nov 2016 #3

    Quote Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
    On my desktop I only connect my camera when I need it.
    wise man
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  4.    14 Nov 2016 #4
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    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.    15 Nov 2016 #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.    15 Nov 2016 #6
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 9
    Win 10 pro

    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.    17 Nov 2016 #7

    its not come on since I disabled all but Skype
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  8.    17 Nov 2016 #8
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 103
    Windows 10 Pro x64 bit

    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.    17 Nov 2016 #9

    Thanks Bran, will check now

    edit: and done
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  10.    17 Nov 2016 #10
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 103
    Windows 10 Pro x64 bit

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