In this world where privacy is a luxury item and it is increasingly difficult to keep ours intact, many people end up resorting to physical solutions to prevent their life from being invaded by digital means.
I speak, for example, of the possibility of covering the camera of Macs with some type of coverage to prevent someone from spying on you without your consent something that went viral after an image showing Mark Zuckerberg using a tape to cover his Mac camera .
There is no shortage of even elegant solutions for you to cover the camera, but Apple has a message for you: don't close your MacBook (Air or Pro) with a protection like this.
In a support document, the company states that "if you close the Mac notebook with a cover on the camera, the screen could be damaged". Ma argues that the gap between the screen and the keyboard is developed with “strict tolerances”, and that covering the integrated camera can also interfere with the ambient light sensor and prevent the functioning of features such as automatic glare and oTrueTone.
Instead of covering the camera, Apple suggests two things to users: watch the green indicator light on the camera and choose which apps can access the camera.
The FaceTime HD camera integrated with the Mac was developed taking your privacy into account and uses an indicator light that turns green when it is active. So, you always know when it's on.
The camera is not activated without the indicator light also turning on. as soon as you identify if your camera is activated.
You can also control which apps have access to the camera from macOS Mojave, the system always asks for permission the first time you open an app that requires the use of the camera. Still, if you want to check, revoke or grant which apps are allowed to use your camera, go to System Preferences Security & Privacy Camera Privacy and make the desired changes.
Now, if you still want to put physical protection on top of the camera (if your job requires it, for example), Apple asks you to pay attention to three things:
- The cover should not be thicker than ordinary printer paper (0.1mm).
- If you use a camera cover that is thicker than 0.1mm, remove it before closing the computer.
- Avoid using a camera cover that leaves adhesive residues.
It is good that you follow these recommendations, because the article was not put on air for nothing. On Reddit, for example, the user koolbe said he covered the camera on his MacBook Pro 16 ″ with a very thin protector, something he did, it’s worth noting, on previous Macs without any problem.
Pear summary: the screen ended up breaking, the repair cost about 2 thousand Canadian dollars and it still took a long time because, at the time, the 16 ″ MBP was a relatively new machine and the repair parts were not yet available in stock.
Anyway, be careful!