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How to turn off the webcam on Windows 10 computers

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Nowadays, most laptops have a webcam. Some of these are standard cameras used for conversations at Skype, while others are IR cameras used to identify his face Windows Hello. In addition, almost all computers today also feature a built-in microphone that complements the camera's operation.

If you are one of the people who never use their computer's camera, you may have wondered how to turn off your camera and microphone. And that would be a very good move, as there is plenty malware that use the camera of a device to steal data even when your camera is not in use. Here are some steps to disabling your computer's camera and microphone.

Scan your computer for malware

The first thing you need to do is scan your computer for any malicious software. Even if you turn off your camera and your microphone may affect other parts of your system.

Windows Defender comes with computers Windows 10, but if you want an alternative to antivirus, you can choose other antivirus products.

Check the applications using the webcam

All you need to do is download it Process Explorer, find the camera name on your device and search.

Turn off your camera and microphone through Device Manager

Disabling your camera and microphone through device management is the quickest but not the safest solution. However, it is not a bad idea to know how to disable your camera and microphone through Device Manager.

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How to turn off the webcam

  1. Right-click on the "Inception"
  2. Click Device Manager.
  3. Click the arrow next to the imaging devices.
  4. Right-click on integrated camera.
  5. Click Deactivation.
  6. Click the button Yes.

If you want to re-enable the camera, simply re-execute the same steps, but this time click Activate instead of Disable.

How to turn off your microphone

Turning off the microphone on your computer follows almost the same steps as turning off the camera.

  1. Right-click on the "Inception"
  2. Click Device Manager.
  3. Click the arrow next to the audio inputs and outputs.
  4. Right click on the internal microphone - this label may be different depending on hardware your computer.
  5. Click Deactivation.
  6. Click the button Yes.

Turn off the camera and microphone via the BIOS

Some laptops allow you to turn off the camera and microphone at system level from the BIOS. The steps to do this differ from machine in a machine, but generally the process is similar.

For example, in a Lenovo ThinkPad, the built-in camera and microphone options are located in the Input / Output Port Access section on the Security tab. After you disable both options, you can save and exit BIOS.

Remember that the BIOS on another computer may be quite different, but the end result is the same.

Cover your camera

If you do not want to turn off your camera, an alternative is simply to cover it.

Many people use adhesive or insulating tape as an affordable and affordable solution, but if you prefer something a little more professional, there are special small accessories that are placed on the webcam and have a slide that moves for when you want to use it.

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