3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 4, 2010 1:06 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
mcintoshmc Level 1 Level 1
I always notice that little green light on my imac. I turn it off, and I notice it again a few days later. Am I being hacked? Is it possible for someone to hack my network and view my camera?

imac, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • mcintoshmc Level 1 Level 1
    The wife of my upstairs neighbor told me that he was a hacker, so maybe that's why I'm a little paranoid.
  • EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7
    You will need to determine whether your network is secure, but *nobody is "hacking" your iSight*.

    Check for forgotten items someone who has physical access to your Mac may have added:

     • camera-capable System Preferences.... > Accounts > Login Items,

     • camera-capable widgets, and

     • camera-capable applications open in the Dock.

    If you don't have any of the above and have not installed, activated, and authorized Apple Remote Desktop or some other software specifically designed to allow remote operation of your Mac, you can be confident that your webcam is not being used without your permission.

    If you still see the green light occasionally, consider the reset suggested in


    You might also want to test another user account to see if the unexplained green light is user account specific.

    EZ Jim

    Mac Pro Quad Core (Early 2009) 2.93Ghz w/Mac OS X (10.6.4)  MacBook Pro (13 inch, Mid 2009) 2.26GHz (10.6.4)

    LED Cinema Display  G4 PowerBook  1.67GHz (10.4.11)  iBookSE 366MHz (10.3.9)  External iSight
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9

    Adding a specific example to EZ Jim's comments.

    A web browser can access Video Chat sites
    This is one http://www.mebeam.com/index.php

    In this case you type in a "room name" and a page is created just for you (and anybody you send the URL to).
    On this site the Flash pop appears automatically asking for your permission to access the camera (Flash has to be enabled in your Browser first)

    Once you have allowed this your video will appear on the page (You may have also to select the "right" camera type in the Camera icon).

    Having done all this - if you use tabs and go to another tab your camera is still active on the tab the Video is showing on. (Same for separate windows)

    Example of a Camera Able Widget http://mac-free.com/download/Mirror-widget.html

    Hope this helps.

    9:03 PM Wednesday; August 4, 2010

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    Message was edited by: Ralph Johns (UK)

    Added Camera Able Widget link