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Giveaway of the day — ShieldApps Webcam Blocker 1.3.4

Block any external attempt to hack your webcam or microphone!
$29.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 36 (47%) 40 (53%) 34 comments

ShieldApps Webcam Blocker 1.3.4 was available as a giveaway on February 14, 2019!

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Do You Think Putting a Sticky Tape Over Your Webcam is Enough? Well, IT IS NOT!

ShieldApps’ Webcam Blocker is a cyber-privacy software designed to protect your computer’s webcam and microphone from hacking attempts and any internal or external breach.

ShieldApps’ Webcam Blocker equips you with a highly sophisticated security software that utilizes advanced privacy enhancement algorithms – packaged in a simple interface that allows a single-click protection.

ShieldApps’ Webcam Blocker equips standard webcams with advanced privacy protection mechanisms, allowing you to Digitally Block any attempt of hacking your camera by hackers, tracking companies, and other malicious 3rd parties.

WEBCAM BLOCKER
Upon selecting the options any external or internal attempt to access the webcam will be denied.

MICROPHONE BLOCKER
The Microphone Blocker feature blocks access to the computer's audio port, providing the user complete and absolute confidence and privacy.

PRIVACY AND SECURITY
ShieldApps Webcam Blocker adds another layer of protection to your computer and proactive privacy approach!

NB: 1-year license.

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 10

Publisher:

ShieldApps

Homepage:

https://shieldapps.com/products/shieldapps-webcam-blocker/

File Size:

2.8 MB

Price:

$29.99

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#14

this program is great for people's vanity. that is, they can feel important enough that someone actually cares what they do on their computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Fred Ingebritson  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+93)
#13

I agree with most of the comments!

The only reason software blockers my be of use is if they would also block the mic as well.
Both my laptop and desktop have tally lights next to the camera lens leting you know if camera is active.
I'd like to see all manufacters impliment this feature!

A slider would be great on new computers if it also would cut off the microphne as well.

Reply   |   Comment by KEJA  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#12

Doesn't matter if you turn off the software in BIOS or DEVICES or UNPLUG IT. If you system gets compromised with a virus or HACKER the second you plug it in then there is nothing you can do about it.

My Advice. Don't use Webcam's.

Reply   |   Comment by The Real BOB  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

$30 for this? You cannot be serious!

Why is tape over the lens not good enough? It works for Mark Zuckerberg!

I dont worry about my camera and mic being hacked. Who does that?

Dont you need a warrant signed by the Home Secretary?

Reply   |   Comment by peter  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+68)

peter, no warrant is needed when people simply click to agree to the End User Legal Agreement (EULA) or Terms of Service (TOS) or Privacy Policy. Try reading them, many firms DO do that!

Reply   |   Comment by Webmaster  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#10

Something that is often overlooked or is not known by many is that a speaker can be used as a microphone if not in use as a speaker at the time , might be difficult to switch but its possible . Just something to keep in mind when you are thinking about privacy .Also that a big brother owned or related programmer is responsible for some of the programs we download for free . sometimes even buy "MS ? "' (thats my name Micheal Seals )

Reply   |   Comment by James  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+146)

James, only a very limited number of sound chips can have their jack sockets retasked from output to input and not all those include the full biderectional external components required to perform as either input or output. The vast majority of chipsets cannot retask their I/O lines. An active external speaker or an internal speaker cannot possibly be retasked into a microphone as the ciruitry will not transfer an electrical signal produced by a electro-magnetic speaker back through the external amplifier circuits and connect to a retasked output pin now acting as an input... if that were even possible to retask an internal output pin which to my knowledge from sound chip datasheets I've seen it is not possible... it would notever work.

Only headphones or passive external speakers could hypotheticaly be plugged into a microphone input with the gain boost set to max possible could possibly capture some audio but it would unlikely to have much clarity or even much difference to the background electrical noise of the built in sound chip and surrounding circuitry.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#9

Downloaded and installed before seeing this is a 1 year license. Program WON'T uninstall. How do you uninstall this UNWANTED program? Thanks a lot GOTD !

Reply   |   Comment by UNHAPPY  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+94)

why not just go to the 'add/remove' menu and uninstall it if you are not happy...
this is a great giveaway

Reply   |   Comment by Benji  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#8

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I LOVE "security" software that can't even pass VirusTotal unscathed:

SHA256: 002d0c8c2713941981c8f10773544faf18b3cbf086bb1c8f682ff502a888df8d
File name: setup.exe ( ShieldApps-Webcam-Blocker-v1.3.4.exe from GOTD or the vendor's web site )
Detection ratio: 3 / 70
Analysis date: 2019-02-14 12:18:29 UTC ( 2 hours, 53 minutes ago )
Antivirus Result Update
DrWeb Program.Unwanted.3783 20190214
Palo Alto Networks (Known Signatures) generic.ml 20190214
Qihoo-360 HEUR/QVM20.1.38D9.Malware.Gen 20190214
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Anyway, I'd rather have a live report of what program or port or web address tried to access my camera and microphone.
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And of course, internal camera and microphone can be disabled in CMOS, Device Manager, and both can be blocked / muffled with tape, and, when disassembling for repair, can be unplugged altogether.
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Now, what I'd REALLY love to have is some security software watching and reporting on any malware trying to reverse my PC speakers or beeper to act as microphones ... ; - )

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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

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PS -- ShieldApps is a "white label" vendor, WE are not their customer, other vendors are their customers:

https://shieldapps.com/white-label-software-program/

Their goal is fear-you-are-not-protected-inducement at the POS Point Of Sale to scare vulnerable spontaneous purchases made by folks who haven't opened their hardware boxes yet and don't know that they do not need additional "shields" of any kind at any price because every piece of hardware has in-built "shield" capabilities at no extra charge.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#7

Camera driver can be disabled at device manager. That's what I do.

Reply   |   Comment by Byron Dallas  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+259)

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[ Byron Dallas ], and internal microphone, and both can be blocked / muffled with tape, and when disassembling for repair, can be unplugged altogether.

I'd rather have a report of what program or port or web address tried to access my camera and microphone.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#6

My opinion is any user mode program that controls access can be subverted by another user mode program... or an admin mode or kernal mode (ring0 mode) program. If online visual privacy means anything to you then choose the most fundimental control method at your disposal which would be physically disconnecting the camera not just taping over it as not all tape is fully opaque and the glue does not always last forever..., next level is in the machines BIOS settings, disable the camera in the BIOS settings and confirm that no operating system then even hints at a camera device being available then no program level can re-enable it without adjusting the BIOS settings and forcing a reboot. Hypothetically it IS technically feasable to reverse engineer the BIOS and determine which device registers are used to enable and disable the camera device but as yet there are no credible reports of any 3rd party using that level of intimate hardware knowledge. Simple rule if official software of ANY type can enable/disable a device there is always the possibility that unofficial software could be devised to do the same... but most windows will give some form of notification if a new device is detected and installed or removed mid session but again those notifications could hypothetically be defeated silently too.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+160)

TK, well, electrical tape works quite well. removing drivers for microphone also help to some extend

Reply   |   Comment by Richard  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Richard, if "quite well" is good enough for you then fine but there are much better ways. But short of removing the physical hardware any method could conceavably be defeated for some level of information retrieval, even if it is just letting the investegator know the device is currently running because they can connect to the camera even if it shows nothing distictive because there is tape over it. It would still potentally steal upstream bandwidth if it streams the video and resources to process the video data to make it streamable.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#5

Might be useful for home offices when you need to use your webcam for conferences frequently, but like most others, I just unplug it when not in use. Thanks, GotD, but pass from me.

Reply   |   Comment by KK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+223)

KK, pleas share, how do you unplug notebook's webcam.

Reply   |   Comment by YK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

YK, KK was refering to an external USB webcam not a laptops built in camera. But it is not normally difficult to physically unplug a laptops built in camera if you are a computer repair technician/engineer. I would not direct the average notebook owner to dismantle the screen of their laptop to unplug the camera PCB from the connector that routes around the screen edge to the motherboards socket as that could/should invalidate any existing warranty and could result in them destroying their notebook/laptop or other portable device.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

The web-cam and mic is installed in Win10.
But I de-activated them in device control? Not remove, but de-activated
And there is a key on this laptop to en/dis-able the web-cam.
It looks like, this this program uses Windows to dis-able the web-cam:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/p8chcjc9nip0ru3/Werking.png
Ootje

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+218)

Ootje, I disabled mine in the laptops BIOS settings so the device is not even enumerated by windows 10, big brother can look elsewhere!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+206)

TK, not very good option for people who use, say, Skype.

Reply   |   Comment by YK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

YK, I use skype and never choose to use video... it is also a voice, text and file communication tool. Video calling is just one sub feature not everybody uses or wants. This prevents having your video sent by surprise avoiding embarssment or unsolicited screen grabs being used against you on the web. If it is important for you to be seen don't ever disable your cam no one is forcing you to do what I choose to do or saying you should do as I do... freedom of choice is not a new concept!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

TK, I did check my BIOS today and nothing to enable/disable; nothing about webcam and other peripherals. Just a very little about Boot-sequence and something about CPU and memory.
If needed I can put a hardware switch in the cable.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

You can buy a lot of ordinary tape for $29.99 ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by Torben Larsen  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+302)

Torben Larsen, And you can get like 20 actual camera blocker for laptops from $12

Reply   |   Comment by Artex  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

If you want this the tape works fine for webcams or disable it in the bios if integrated

As for the microphone all you need is a 3.5 audio Plug (cut it off a old or cheap headset) and plug it in to the mic/aux Jack and any internal mic will be switched over to the external one which doesn't exist , they can't hack a mic if you don't have one anymore

Reply   |   Comment by Bobb  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+327)

P.S. when you need your Mic again all you have to do is take the plug out and the internal mic will be enabled till you put the plug back again ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Bobb  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+318)

Bobb, on my machine connecting an external mic does NOT disable the internal mic it just adds the External mic and sets it as default and any program can choose which input to use. Check yours closer with something like audacity and plug in the external mic jack and see if it offers just the external mic after you rescan the audio devices or both. Nothing worse than a false sense of secuirty!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+213)
#1

My webcam is connected to the PC via USB. Actually, most of the time, it's not connected to the PC as I've pulled the USB plug. Problem solved. Money saved. Top privacy.

Reply   |   Comment by M. H.  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+335)

M. H., I agree, just unplug it. I don't even use my Web cam anymore for reasons everyone here mentions. Something people need to realize, you can disable it in bios, you can put tape over it, and you can unplug it all you want when it's not in use. But here's the thing "If you get a virus or hack you don't know about, when you plug it in to your PC to use it can still be used against you". This is why I don't use Web cams anymore. Even the best Anti-virus software can miss sometimes.

Reply   |   Comment by The Real Bob  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+149)
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