SuperJail Warden wrote:Do you put a piece of tape over your laptop camera?
webcam and microphone on all new mac devices, like touchID/faceID, are all ran through a separate security chip on the mainboard. whenever they're in use the mac OSX shows you very clearly that they're being engaged, and by which app. the security chip probably can be cracked if some nefarious foreign actor really wanted to, but it's not like it's 'always on' and permanently uploading shit to the internet. they purposefully emphasized privacy on their new devices and iOS/OSX versions, and it's been a pretty big success.
for e.g., apple's approach to device and app privacy is one of the reasons that facebook had to hard pivot to the metaverse and a new concept for getting user data. almost overnight one of their main snooping sources was cut off.
i'm generally not worried about the webcam or microphone on my macbook. as always with these things, it's the stuff we give away voluntarily and unthinkingly that tends to catch us out. like, for instance, talking to a little egg device in your room 15 times a day.
Last edited by uziq (2022-09-22 23:30:05)