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My Eee PC comes with a Web cam, which I never use. How can I ensure that it is effectively disabled, so that no software can use it?

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Nothing in software will make you as sure as a bit of opaque tape stuck over it. – Ulrich Schwarz Feb 22 '12 at 10:05
@Ulrich Schwarz: A sticker works quite as well, plus people don't look at you as if you're wearing a tin-foil hat ;) – Piskvor Feb 22 '12 at 10:55
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modprobe -r uvcvideo should remove the webcam module temporarily (without the need for reboot). You can add that to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf to make it permenant. Please check whether the above command works before adding.

uvcvideo is the module for my Linux. Yours could be different. Try running lsmod | grep uvcv if you face any problems.

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gksu gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf


blacklist uvcvideo

at the bottom. Save the file and quit the text editor.

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