About application access to the webcam and microphone

3 October 2023

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Intruders may attempt to spy on you using your webcam or eavesdrop on you by gaining access to your microphone. Kaspersky application protects your webcam and microphone from unauthorized access if the Webcam and Mic Control component is enabled. In component settings, you can block all application access to webcam and microphone or request to be notified whenever an application tries to gain access to your webcam or microphone.

If the component is enabled, but access to your webcam and mic is not fully blocked, access is granted or denied based on the trust group that the relevant application is part of. Access is blocked for applications in the High Restricted or Untrusted groups.

In the Intrusion Prevention settings window, you can allow access to the webcam or mic for applications included in the High Restricted and Untrusted groups. If an application from the Low Restricted group is trying to gain access to the webcam or microphone, Kaspersky application blocks the access and notifies you if you have configured notifications in component settings.

In the drop-down list of the notification, you can block application access to webcam or microphone, or go to access settings. The notification is not displayed if some applications are running in full-screen mode on your computer.

In the drop-down list of the notification, you can choose to hide notifications or proceed to configure notification display settings.

How Kaspersky manages the webcam

How Kaspersky manages the microphone

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