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I am looking for a program to alert me (notification window, email, etc.) whenever my webcam is turned on.

If possible, it would log when the webcam is turned on and off.

  • Ideally free
  • Running on Windows, ideally supporting Windows 7 and 8.1
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    I don't have a suggestion for you, but have you considered just using a piece of electrical tape? Commented May 3, 2014 at 4:04
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    Then you peel back the tape, and replace it when done. Commented May 3, 2014 at 4:12
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    Well, there goes the hardware solution. Sorry for the assumption, but I have seen lots of people who are privacy-sensitive simply use a piece of electrical tape in case the camera is activated accidentally or unknowingly. Commented May 3, 2014 at 19:34
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    @Mawg Who is turning the camera on -> attacker or some dumb program. Who wants to be notified -> the computer user. Commented Dec 16, 2015 at 14:44
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    @FranckDernoncourt Not sure if this is what you want.. But Kaspersky Antivirus can block access to webcams. When an application tries to access the webcam, Kaspersky explicitly asks the user permission. There must be similar features with other antivirus solutions too
    – Aswin P J
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 15:19

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Kapersky Antivirus can block access to webcam. Whenever an application tries to access the webcam, Kaspersky explicitly asks the user's permission. Kaspersky also allows you to always allow some applications to use the webcam and always deny others. I am not sure if other antivirus software provide the same functionality, but it is most likely that they do.

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