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The Q is are you afraid of a picture or a video?
A picture only takes a second so you would not likely ''See the Light'' <pun intended> A video while longer, would be more visible when it was happening giving you a chance seeing the LED was lit.
-The other fact here is sight is only one side of the problem you could be spied on by an active microphone in your system! Are you doing any activity that involves heavy breathing with your system on? ;-}
+The other fact here is an iSight image (vid or still) is only one side of the problem you could be spied on by an active microphone in your system! Are you doing any activity that involves heavy breathing with your system on? ;-}
'''Now that I've scared you - Lets look at some facts:'''
* You would have needed to have downloaded a rogue application in the first place to ''expose your self'' to the risk. The way TCP/IP works would require your system to open up the session with the other persons system (the rogue app would need to phone home). Remember the other person has no idea what your IP address is and if you are smart you have enabled a software firewall (built-in to OS-X) and an external hardware firewall (your Router) so they can't attack your system externally. Ideally, you should also monitor your outbound sessions so you know what your system is doing and when. Using a good anti-virus and monitoring software puts an end to these risks.
* Controlling your user accounts and permissions goes a long way here. Are you using only one user account on your system? If you are you should be using at least three; one you use every day, one to install your apps {admin} and one you allow others to use {guest}. If you do internet banking or buy anything on-line then you should create a fourth user account just for it and only use it on trusted sites with your regular bank account debit/credit card (isolating your banking and purchases with this account). Use a different user account (fifth) with a gift/pre-paid card (or a credit card you have set limits on) when your not sure the store/site is trustworthy. If you do any risky surfing you should use still a different user account setup as a guest account as its permissions can be set to lessen your exposure and besides you can always dump the account and re-create it if it get infected. If you used your regular or admin or banking account that could be painful having to rebuild everything.
* Then the last thing here is setup a location to use your system that doesn't allow someone to see or hear anything they shouldn't if you use iSight or any other video chat. And don't forget to shutdown or put to sleep your system (closing the laptop's lid)!
As to your direct question can the iSight camera LED be turned off via software the answer is dependent on what version of OS-X you are using. Early versions this was possible and Apple altered the iSight camera API's so this couldn't be done in later releases. The iSight camera LED is controlled by software but the way OS (Lion & Mountain Lion) is now managed it would be very difficult for someone to over ride the OS's built-in security to put you at risk (replacing the iSight drivers and/or apps).
Bottom-Line: Mayers' hat is fast becoming a fashion statement ;-} I won't worry about the risk there are bigger ones and ways to minimize your risks on your system if you spend the time and effort using them.

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-The Q is are you afraid of a picture or a video?
+The Q is are you afraid of a picture or a video?
-A picture only takes a second so you would not likely ''See the Light'' <pun intended> A video while longer and would be more visible when it was happening seeing the LED lit.
+A picture only takes a second so you would not likely ''See the Light'' <pun intended> A video while longer, would be more visible when it was happening giving you a chance seeing the LED was lit.
The other fact here is sight is only one side of the problem you could be spied on by an active microphone in your system! Are you doing any activity that involves heavy breathing with your system on? ;-}
'''Now that I've scared you - Lets look at some facts:'''
+
* You would have needed to have downloaded a rogue application in the first place to ''expose your self'' to the risk. The way TCP/IP works would require your system to open up the session with the other persons system (the rogue app would need to phone home). Remember the other person has no idea what your IP address is and if you are smart you have enabled a software firewall (built-in to OS-X) and an external hardware firewall (your Router) so they can't attack your system externally. Ideally, you should also monitor your outbound sessions so you know what your system is doing and when. Using a good anti-virus and monitoring software puts an end to these risks.
* Controlling your user accounts and permissions goes a long way here. Are you using only one user account on your system? If you are you should be using at least three; one you use every day, one to install your apps {admin} and one you allow others to use {guest}. If you do internet banking or buy anything on-line then you should create a fourth user account just for it and only use it on trusted sites with your regular bank account debit/credit card (isolating your banking and purchases with this account). Use a different user account (fifth) with a gift/pre-paid card (or a credit card you have set limits on) when your not sure the store/site is trustworthy. If you do any risky surfing you should use still a different user account setup as a guest account as its permissions can be set to lessen your exposure and besides you can always dump the account and re-create it if it get infected. If you used your regular or admin or banking account that could be painful having to rebuild everything.
* Then the last thing here is setup a location to use your system that doesn't allow someone to see or hear anything they shouldn't if you use iSight or any other video chat. And don't forget to shutdown or put to sleep your system (closing the laptop's lid)!
As to your direct question can the iSight camera LED be turned off via software the answer is dependent on what version of OS-X you are using. Early versions this was possible and Apple altered the iSight camera API's so this couldn't be done in later releases. The iSight camera LED is controlled by software but the way OS (Lion & Mountain Lion) is now managed it would be very difficult for someone to over ride the OS's built-in security to put you at risk (replacing the iSight drivers and/or apps).
Bottom-Line: Mayers' hat is fast becoming a fashion statement ;-} I won't worry about the risk there are bigger ones and ways to minimize your risks on your system if you spend the time and effort using them.

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Edit by: Dan ,

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-The Q is are you afraid of a picture or a video? A picture only takes a second so you would not likely 'See the Light' <pun intended> A video while longer would be more visible.
+The Q is are you afraid of a picture or a video?
-The other fact here is sight is only one side of the problem you could be spied on by an active microphone in your system! Are you doing an activity that involves heavy breathing with your system on? ;-}
+A picture only takes a second so you would not likely ''See the Light'' <pun intended> A video while longer and would be more visible when it was happening seeing the LED lit.
-Now that I've scared you - Lets look at some facts
+The other fact here is sight is only one side of the problem you could be spied on by an active microphone in your system! Are you doing any activity that involves heavy breathing with your system on? ;-}
+
+'''Now that I've scared you - Lets look at some facts:'''
+* You would have needed to have downloaded a rogue application in the first place to ''expose your self'' to the risk. The way TCP/IP works would require your system to open up the session with the other persons system (the rogue app would need to phone home). Remember the other person has no idea what your IP address is and if you are smart you have enabled a software firewall (built-in to OS-X) and an external hardware firewall (your Router) so they can't attack your system externally. Ideally, you should also monitor your outbound sessions so you know what your system is doing and when. Using a good anti-virus and monitoring software puts an end to these risks.
+* Controlling your user accounts and permissions goes a long way here. Are you using only one user account on your system? If you are you should be using at least three; one you use every day, one to install your apps {admin} and one you allow others to use {guest}. If you do internet banking or buy anything on-line then you should create a fourth user account just for it and only use it on trusted sites with your regular bank account debit/credit card (isolating your banking and purchases with this account). Use a different user account (fifth) with a gift/pre-paid card (or a credit card you have set limits on) when your not sure the store/site is trustworthy. If you do any risky surfing you should use still a different user account setup as a guest account as its permissions can be set to lessen your exposure and besides you can always dump the account and re-create it if it get infected. If you used your regular or admin or banking account that could be painful having to rebuild everything.
+* Then the last thing here is setup a location to use your system that doesn't allow someone to see or hear anything they shouldn't if you use iSight or any other video chat. And don't forget to shutdown or put to sleep your system (closing the laptop's lid)!
+
+As to your direct question can the iSight camera LED be turned off via software the answer is dependent on what version of OS-X you are using. Early versions this was possible and Apple altered the iSight camera API's so this couldn't be done in later releases. The iSight camera LED is controlled by software but the way OS (Lion & Mountain Lion) is now managed it would be very difficult for someone to over ride the OS's built-in security to put you at risk (replacing the iSight drivers and/or apps).
+
+Bottom-Line: Mayers' hat is fast becoming a fashion statement ;-} I won't worry about the risk there are bigger ones and ways to minimize your risks on your system if you spend the time and effort using them.

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The Q is are you afraid of a picture or a video? A picture only takes a second so you would not likely 'See the Light' <pun intended> A video while longer would be more visible.

The other fact here is sight is only one side of the problem you could be spied on by an active microphone in your system! Are you doing an activity that involves heavy breathing with your system on? ;-}

Now that I've scared you - Lets look at some facts

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