Am I being watched? Is my camera on but did I somehow miss the green LED? Thanks to click-jacking, trojan horses and malware, hackers have found ways to turn on your camera without your consent. Camera Lock enables you to lock your camera and refuse access by any app. If a camera was already in use, its video will freeze immediately and the green LED will start flashing. No more need to tape over your camera!
“Believe it or not, a hacker could be spying on you through your MacBook Webcam right now. Yes, right now.”
And, if you unlock your camera for normal use but forgot to lock it again, don't worry; Camera Lock will alert you if somebody turns on your camera!
• Camera Lock completely disables camera access by any app
• When unlocked, automatic alerts when a camera is accessed
• Fast keyboard shortcuts to lock/unlock
• Log with most recent camera activity
• System status bar icon shows camera activity
• Adjustable alert sound (on/ off)
• Automatic launch at logon (on/ off)
• Autolock with screensaver/screenlock (on/ off)
• Synchronizes with Microphone Lock (separately available in the Mac AppStore)
• Compatible with both internal and external webcams
Get more grip on your privacy, lock your camera and detect intruders.
Camera Lock was developed to minimize the risk of unauthorized camera access. Future advances in operating system as well as hacking may affect the risk. The only 100% secure way to prevent unauthorized camera access is to have no camera at all.
Camera usage detection is now integrated into the app (the plugin used by earlier versions is no longer required).
Ratings and Reviews
It always annoyed me tht some apps, like Skype, access the camera without asking for permission. This app prevents that. It resides in the menubar where it is easy to activate and deactivate. It works great.
Works well, except...
“Helper” menubar app is always using at least 1.8% of my processor power. Will give it a try sometime later and see if it’s less demanding. Meanwhile, I stuck a piece of transparent tape over the camera. That way my screen’s automatic brightness works but any video is all blurry.
Lack of transparency
While the app does what it says and is pretty user friendly.
There doesn’t seem to be much assurance from the developer over app transparency. Is the code open-source so anyone can check they aren’t actually spying? If you’re downloading this sort of software you want assurances that the app is not going to do the same thing that it is proposing to stop (i.e. intro. back doors, key logging, etc.)
When they upgrade the transparency in this regard, I’d be happy to give them 5 stars.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.