Closing your lid with a camera cover on could end up with you owning an Apple crackedbook
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We’ve all felt that sudden, spiked heart rate when you see your laptop’s recording indicator is on. “Where is it coming from?” you wonder, frantically searching through the countless applications you have open to find the source of your fears. For me, it was FaceTime, but Black Mirror showed us that covering your webcam isn’t a sign of paranoia, it’s rightful caution. In an age where privacy breaches are to be expected, it’s no surprise that one webcam cover manufacturer, CamPatch had been making “six-figure revenues for the last several years” before 2016.
According to Apple, however, webcam covers can cause serious(ly expensive) damage to MacBook screens.
“If you close your Mac notebook with a camera cover installed, you might damage your display because the clearance between the display and keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances,” Apple warned in a newly released statement. Instead, Mac users should check for the green light which indicates whether or not your webcam is recording.
But, although Apple has a physical method to ensure the light can not be disabled, it doesn’t make them unhackable.
If you still want or need to cover your webcam, Apple advised making sure to use a cover that is no thicker than 0.1mm and doesn’t leave an adhesive residue, or to remove your thicker camera cover before closing your laptop.