The surest way to prevent your webcam from transmitting images or video is to cover its lens. Lots of security-minded folks do just that, having read scary stories about malware enabling creeps to spy on them through their built-in or connected webcam.
— Mashable (@mashable) June 22, 2016
But people who actually use their cameras — for personal calls, work videoconferencing, or any other reason — may not want to block the camera with duct tape, or stickers, or whatnot. And many others will forget, at least occasionally, to replace the tape after using the camera.
Our flagship security solutions — Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security — can help protect your privacy in a variety of ways including not allowing your webcam to serve as a spying device. Kaspersky Webcam Protection feature is available in both the PC and the Mac versions of our products.
By default the software blocks unauthorized webcam access by asking the user’s permission before granting an application access to the device. You’ll find more details and instructions for configuring webcam access in this blog post.