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Lock your webcam with this Mac app



macOS: When a program wants to use your webcam, it's pretty easy to say, right? A small green LED lights up on the front of your Mac, and either puts on your best smile for the upcoming video conference, or you're wondering because you didn't think you've launched any apps that require your webcam.

When it comes to your microphone, there's no easy way to tell if an app is using it; Have you probably given the app permission for the former, but there is no light that lets go when you are recorded. If you're paranoid about this, or your webcam, you can always draw a Zuckerberg (see below) – but it's also a software solution that can give you true peace of mind.

Lifehacker editor-in-chief Melissa recently pointed me in the direction OverSight a free Mac program that acts as an additional port guard of sorting for the computer's webcam and microphone. Install the app and it will automatically configure itself to run when you upload macOS – a fact you can confirm by looking for the little umbrella-shaped icon in the menu bar.

Now, when a program tries to access Mac's webcam or microphone, a small pop-up pops up asking if you want to approve or reject the request:

When approving an app, you are allowed to whitelist it permanently or allow it for one instance. I like to use the latter for most apps, as it is a great way to keep track of all access requests for your microphone or webcam.

Although this whole process may sound like little as murderous, I find it no less strange than the people who are walking around with sticky notes or tape aids like the ruffle over their portable webcams. OverSight is equal to the digital equivalent of it, even if you are welcome to go for both if you really are paranoid – or just deactivate your webcam altogether.


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