For the many privacy problems that exist today, we decided to write an article on how to disable webcam and microphone on Windows 10. Piracy and privacy issues are common topics, mainly due to privacy issues that are caused by connected devices such as speakers and other “harmless” gadgets.
Accustomed to this vicious circle we do not think about it, but we have before our eyes a potential risk that should not be taken lightly: the presence of webcams and microphones integrated on our PCs.
If hackers are able to install adware, ransomware, and other malicious software without our knowledge, they can also install software that can hack the webcam or microphone for non-intrusive use. In the living room, in the bedroom, in the kitchen or in the bathroom, they could recover or register us without our knowledge.
Some have found an easy solution regarding the webcam. It is sufficient, and it is advisable, to apply an opaque adhesive or to paste a sticker on the webcam. No big changes are needed and then reminded to put it back after every use and always have it at hand.
For the microphone, the solution adopted with the webcam does not work. In all cases, there is a software method to disable webcam and microphone directly via the PC. And it’s quite simple.
How to disable webcam and microphone on Windows 10
To disable webcam and microphone on Windows 10, right-click the Start or Search button to access the Device Manager.
Here, locate your webcam in the list. It may take some time, the name may vary. It is usually Cameras.
Once found, simply press the right mouse button to disable it.
The same procedure applies to the microphone that will be displayed in the “Audio Input and Output” section.
Be careful to choose to disable the device. The uninstallation will only momentarily block the device but will reactivate the next reboot.
Not being able to deactivate the Webcam or the Microphone, ask in the comments box below.