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Guys, I have figured out how they turn on your webcams and mics to spy on you...AND how to block it permanently.

 
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Guys, I have figured out how they turn on your webcams and mics to spy on you...AND how to block it permanently.
So I've been making a few computer tutorials over that past several days in hopes that I can help you all with known or unknown privacy issues on your PC. You can find them here.

Thread: This week, I'm going to show you how to find out if you are being actively tracked online and how to block it permanently.

And here.

Thread: If you think that erasing your internet files with a program protects you...think again.

If you haven't read over the information in those threads I strongly suggest you do so.

This thread is about how websites turn on your webcam and microphone remotely and how to block it.

Numerous threads have popped up over the last couple of years about remote websites gaining access to your webcam and microphone and can remotely turn it on to watch or listen to you in live time.

Fuck that.

After doing some research, I have found out how they do it.

My apologies if this or a solution has been posted already, but I thought I would start this thread to show people how nefarious the internet is and how to block them from being able to turn on your cam and actively watch you or your family as they surf the net.

First, the way they do this, at least one way, is through your flash player. Have you ever been watching YouTube and that little box pops up on your screen about Flash Player settings?

That's the one!

On newer Firefox versions it is completely locked out and you can't click on anything. I haven't quite figured out why they do that yet, but go to YT and give it a shot by right clicking on the screen and selecting settings.

Completely locked out. Very strange. I can't adjust anything.

Well, not anymore!

There is a website that will allow you to change your GLOBAL settings for Flash player. Global as in it will remember your settings at every site using Flash and you will no longer have to worry about changing your settings every time you visit a new site that uses Flash.

This website is located here...

[link to www.macromedia.com]

There is a settings box on the right hand side of that page that has various tabs for choosing your settings.

The most important one (the one that turns your mic and cam on remotely), and the one you need to do immediately, is to click the first tab in that settings box and click always deny and then click confirm.

You may want to bookmark this site for later use in case there are programs out there that reset your settings.

Remember, choosing these settings will lock them in across the board no matter what site you're on.

The second tab is only for storage settings, leave that one alone.

The third tab I have on always ask but you can make it so that info is also always denied.

The fourth and fifth tab don't really mean much, updating, content playback, etc. Leave them alone.

The sixth tab, the screen with the little eyeball on it. grrr is another tab you want to take a look at and choose always deny. This stops other sites from turning your webcam on and off.

The seventh tab should be left alone unless you know what you're doing, but it's not important for this tutorial.

The last tab on the box has to do with peer assisted networking where sites will use some of your upload bandwidth to contribute to the community. I always have this setting on disable P2P uplink for all. If you don't want to share your bandwidth, make sure that box is checked.

There you have it.

Now you are protected from having your webcam and/or microphone from being remotely activated.

Kinda creepy eh?
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If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

I'm on a mission to help as many people as possible to completely lock down their internet privacy.

Thanks for all the support guys!

You've been GREAT over the past several days here and the response is overwhelming to me.
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Re: Guys, I have figured out how they turn on your webcams and mics to spy on you...AND how to block it permanently.
uninstall or rename the drivers that control your mic and camera

that way there is no way around it

why trust their software that supposedly says access is blocked?

like turning off gps on your phone ... lol
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Re: Guys, I have figured out how they turn on your webcams and mics to spy on you...AND how to block it permanently.
uninstall or rename the drivers that control your mic and camera

that way there is no way around it

why trust their software that supposedly says access is blocked?

like turning off gps on your phone ... lol
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That site has been tested and it does in fact cement your settings across the board.

I realize a lot of people have already discussed this topic at length but there are always people who either haven't seen the info or are confused about how to set it up.

This thread is aimed at those people.

They should also know that the default settings are to allow access to your webcam and mic.

That's no good.
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I've done that a few times. The settings reset if you delete the flash cookies.
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Set your GLOBAL settings guys!

Just because you've set it one time, doesn't mean you're protected.

Every individual site has the ability to not recognize your one time setting and reset everything.

Bookmark that site and periodically go back and check to make sure they're still where you want them.
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I've done that a few times. The settings reset if you delete the flash cookies.
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I guess this thread was more for people who have been locked out of their Flash player settings like I have.

I wanted to let people know about that site where you can adjust them globally if you have been locked out.
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:hippobmp:

5 stars and a pin!
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Thank You! thumbs

I realize this is pretty rookie stuff here but you would be surprised at how many people have no clue how to protect themselves on the net.

Glad I could help!
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I've done that a few times. The settings reset if you delete the flash cookies.
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I guess this thread was more for people who have been locked out of their Flash player settings like I have.

I wanted to let people know about that site where you can adjust them globally if you have been locked out.
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Wanted to also thank you for these threads. Great work. hf
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duct tape. simply clever. save for us blonde girls, too.
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Hey thanks!
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duct tape. simply clever. save for us blonde girls, too.
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What about your microphone? naughty
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Hey thanks!
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Not a problem. I've got an encryption how to thread in the works but that ones a little more complicated.

Glad I could help!
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Since I followed your instructions on the cam, oddly enough my computer is running at hyper speed now. Can you explain that?
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Re: Guys, I have figured out how they turn on your webcams and mics to spy on you...AND how to block it permanently.
Why would I want to turn off my webcam and mic..

I like being watched and listened to..

I like that they read my e-mails.

I like that they follow me.

It is the most attention I have gotten in 20 years!
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Seriously, it's as if I just bought a new computer! WTH???
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Re: Guys, I have figured out how they turn on your webcams and mics to spy on you...AND how to block it permanently.
If you want to see how prevalent this issue is, if you've been surfing around the net without a cleaning for a couple days, go to your browser cache by typing about:cache in your browser's address bar and hit enter.

Anything related to or any variation of ytimg is that program asking your computer to turn on your mic and cam. I can click on a site one time and literally get 2 dozen requests to turn on my cam and mic. I've seen it in the HUNDREDS in my cache before from just a few hours of clicking around.

Scary huh?
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Why would I want to turn off my webcam and mic..

I like being watched and listened to..

I like that they read my e-mails.

I like that they follow me.

It is the most attention I have gotten in 20 years!
 Quoting: Yellow Bird


That's one way of looking at it I guess. chuckle

It's an exhibitionist/voyeur DREAMLAND! lol
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Seriously, it's as if I just bought a new computer! WTH???
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thumbs

Nice bonus!
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Would that explain the high CPU usage that always pops up on my computer? When I shut down my computer it always tell me I have programs running and would I like to continue.
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I've done that a few times. The settings reset if you delete the flash cookies.
 Quoting: Tard


This is important information right here. ^^^

If you run a Flash cookie cleaner, you will need to make your settings again.

To me, having Flash cookies are way down on the list of importance compared to being watched and listened to on your PC. I usually run my Flash cleaner once a week.
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What is "datacollector"

It's redundant but harmless?
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Would that explain the high CPU usage that always pops up on my computer? When I shut down my computer it always tell me I have programs running and would I like to continue.
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Those could actually be anything still running in the background, an open notepad or a cleaner that's still on or whatever. It also could be your mic and cam running. To see what is running on your computer, open up task manager and in the bottom left corner is a button that will expand to show processes from all users. Click that and have a look around. End process of anything you don't want running. Usually the important ones won't allow you to turn it off. Leave Explorer.exe alone too.

Doesn't hurt to try the global settings and see if it continues though.
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:hippobmp:

5 stars and a pin!
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Thank You! thumbs

I realize this is pretty rookie stuff here but you would be surprised at how many people have no clue how to protect themselves on the net.

Glad I could help!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33810484


THANK YOU

I am retarded when it comes to computers but even I thought this was easy...

5 STARS
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Why would I want to turn off my webcam and mic..

I like being watched and listened to..

I like that they read my e-mails.

I like that they follow me.

It is the most attention I have gotten in 20 years!
 Quoting: Yellow Bird


That's one way of looking at it I guess. chuckle

It's an exhibitionist/voyeur DREAMLAND! lol
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33810484


What is Voyeurism? angryface
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duct tape. simply clever. save for us blonde girls, too.
 Quoting: phoenixe


What about your microphone? naughty
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33810484


duct tape as well.

just a suggestion, concerning all those DAUs who f+cked up their systems by not following your instructions properly ;)
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What is "datacollector"

It's redundant but harmless?
 Quoting: Skepticnumberone


Not sure what you're referring to.

If you want to block data collection, I have another thread that I linked to in my first post in this thread.

Check it out.
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I am jumping up and down right now! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! The difference is unbelievable!

applauseapplauseapplauseapplauseapplause
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 Quoting: Petrus


Good thread.

Ive had tape over my iPhone's FaceTime cam since I've had it lol

Because face time calls are STUPID, but there's a real reason why they are there and it's not because of face time.

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