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Configure access settings for your webcam with Norton SafeCam

Norton SafeCam enables you to be secure when you use webcam devices on the Internet. It prevents applications and malware from accessing your computer's webcam without your consent. These malicious applications can post confidential information against your interest or it can potentially be used to blackmail or extort money. Norton SafeCam offers protection against malware that tries to obtain access to your webcam.

With Norton SafeCam enabled, untrusted applications cannot capture images or videos and send the content outside of your computer to compromise your privacy. It constantly monitors applications that have access to your webcam and notifies you if an unwanted program tries to obtain access to the webcam. You have the option to then allow or block access to the application. Norton SafeCam also enables you to manage the programs that can access the webcam device.

Norton SafeCam is available only for a limited number of users.

Turn Norton SafeCam off or on

  1. Open your Norton device security product.

    If you see the My Norton window, next to Device Security, click Open.

  2. In the Norton product main window, click Settings.

  3. In the Settings window, click SafeCam.

  4. In the SafeCam window, move the SafeCam Feature switch to Off/On.

  5. Click Apply, and then click Close.

Authorize programs to access Norton SafeCam

The Access tab in Norton SafeCam lets you manage the webcam access for individual programs. To determine which applications are allowed or blocked, Norton analyzes the certificate information of the application. The options available in the drop-down list are Allow, Block, and Ask.
Allow programs to access webcamIf you want Norton SafeCam to allow all webcam access attempts by a program, navigate to the specific program's row and select Allow from the Access drop-down list.

In the Webcam Access alert window, if you want to allow webcam access attempts by a program only once, select Allow Once from the drop-down list and click OK. If you want to allow all webcam access attempts by a program, select Allow Always from the drop-down list and click OK.

Allow programs to access webcam

If you want Norton SafeCam to allow all webcam access attempts by a program, navigate to the specific program's row and select Allow from the Access drop-down list.

In the Webcam Access alert window, if you want to allow webcam access attempts by a program only once, select Allow Once from the drop-down list and click OK. If you want to allow all webcam access attempts by a program, select Allow Always from the drop-down list and click OK.

Block programs to access webcam

If you want Norton SafeCam to deny all webcam access attempts by a program, navigate to the specific program's row and select Block from the Access drop-down list.

In the Webcam Access alert window, if you want to deny webcam access attempts by a program only once, select Block Once from the drop-down list and click OK. If you want to deny all webcam access attempts by a program, select Block Always from the drop-down list and click OK.

Control programs that access Norton SafeCam

If you do not want to allow or block a program permanently, select Ask from the Access drop-down list.
When you select this option, your Norton product prompts you with an alert whenever the program tries to access the webcam. You can either allow or deny access to the webcam.

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DOCID: v126148153
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 11/01/2021