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    Should you worry about securing your computer's microphone?

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    It is rather shocking. But, the article points out that security may become available in the future. Hopefully the security will show up before the malware!!!
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    Yes, I think it will. There is a security researcher that has been dealing with something that he claims is transmitted in this precise way, so that may be a case where reality beat research .
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    a case where reality beat research
    Malware often surfaces before research into fixes for it. My browsing habits create resistance to malware. It's just something I developed over time. Interestingly, I only activate my speakers and microphone when they are needed. Save with java. It's not a guarantee against infections, but it does provide more resistance to them.
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    Browsing habits are probably the most effective tool to keep you malware free. I fear that if this sound based malware gains "traction", we'll have something more to worry about other than browsing habits .
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    I don't have a microphone or a camera connected to my computer. If I needed them, I would connect them when needed, then disconnect them afterward.

    My speakers are always connected and on, so I'm not sure that I'm totally safe in not having a microphone connected.

    My cell phone is always on. Hopefully no one commandeers it.
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    todays washpost had an article that showed how/why they can bypass the video camera light and watch you.

    fbi has done it for several years already.

    the simple fix for video is to tape something over the camera.

    afaik my pc has no microphone.
    i never plugged one into the microphone socket.

    so this looks like a laptop or tablet type problem.
    solution - get a real pc.
    control it yourself.

    if you cant cut the wire inside to disable the mike
    then you will be caught in the virus vs antivirus war again
    trying to protect the mike







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    the simple fix for video is to tape something over the camera
    Ars Technica had an article last summer about a simple laptop camera cover. It was a simple paper clip spread to fit over the top of the laptop. Place a simple piece of black masking tape on the front of the paper clip. Just place it over the camera when not in use. Remove it when you need to use it. Let them look at black masking tape all they want.

    if you cant cut the wire inside to disable the mike
    I disable(mute) my mike when not in use. Not sure if this can be bypassed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael37713 View Post
    Ars Technica had an article last summer about a simple laptop camera cover. It was a simple paper clip spread to fit over the top of the laptop. Place a simple piece of black masking tape on the front of the paper clip. Just place it over the camera when not in use. Remove it when you need to use it. Let them look at black masking tape all they want.
    Make sure the sticky part of the tape faces away from the camera, so you don't get glue on your camera lens!

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    Make sure the sticky part of the tape faces away from the camera
    The one they showed had the front section of a large paper clip bent forward about ” and then back downwards. It thus fits nicely on the top of a laptop. The black tape wraps a full 360 around the front section. It’s like folding a piece of tape on itself. Therefore, what was sticky is covered!! A cute gem and real cheap and easy to replace if lost or stolen. LOL
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    Here is some updated info on the webcam portion of the subject.
    Ars readers react to the light on their webcams
    This article some some humorous comments.

    Webcam Cover for Laptops
    You can actually purchase a cover for your laptop webcam if you so desire.

    And lastly an actual photo of the paper clip solution I was referring to.
    Scroll down to the photo under; “Create a DIY Privacy Shield for Your Laptop Web Cam
    Michael
    Last edited by Michael37713; 2013-12-23 at 17:00. Reason: urls bungied

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