Here is a guide on how to prevent Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox from accessing your webcam or microphone in Windows 11/10. This will essentially prevent those web browsers from listening to you or looking at you. Each of these browsers has specific settings options that you need to change in order to prevent Chrome, Firefox, or Edge from accessing your mic or camera. However, the process is a bit similar. Let’s see the step-by-step procedure to disable mic or camera access in these major web browsers on Windows 11/10.
Our Kaspersky warned us that a browser was trying to access the webcam, which is why we decided to write this article.
We are going to discuss the steps for each of these web browsers to prevent them from accessing your camera or microphone.
How to prevent Chrome from accessing the camera and microphone?
To prevent Google Chrome from accessing the webcam or microphone in Windows 11/10, here are the main steps to follow:
- Launch Google Chrome.
- Go to its Site Settings page.
- Scroll down to Permissions.
- Tap the Camera option.
- Enable the Do not allow sites to use your camera option
- Return to the Site Settings page.
- Select the Micro option.
- Enable the Do not allow sites to use your microphone option.
First, launch the Google Chrome browser, and in the address bar, type chrome: // parameters / content and press the Enter button. This will open Chrome Site settings page.
Then, on the Site Settings page, scroll to Permissions section. Here you can set permissions for location, microphone, camera, notifications and others.
Now, to deactivate the webcam access authorization, click on the button Camera option. On the next page, you can configure the camera authorization and settings. You will see a Don’t allow sites to use your camera option here. Just enable this option to prevent Chrome from accessing your webcam, then go back to the previous site settings page.
After that, just click on Microphone option and then turn on Do not allow sites to use your microphone option.
Google Chrome will no longer be able to access your microphone or camera on Windows 11/10. You also customize these permissions for specific websites if you want.
Read: Configure the camera and microphone in the Windows Defender app
Prevent Firefox from accessing the webcam or microphone
You can also prevent Mozilla Firefox from accessing the webcam or microphone on Windows 11/10. You can follow the steps below for that:
- Open Firefox.
- Tap the three-bar menu.
- Tap the Settings option.
- Go to the Privacy and Security tab.
- In the Permissions section, click the Settings button next to Camera.
- Activate the option Block new requests requesting access to your camera and click on the Save changes button.
- Return to the Permissions page.
- Press the Settings button present next to Microphone.
- Clear the Block new requests for access to your microphone check box and press the Save changes button.
Just open the Firefox browser and click on the three bar menu button in the upper right corner. Then select the Settings option.
On the Firefox Settings page, navigate to Privacy and Security tab and locate the Permissions section. You will see various permission options in the Permissions section. Click on the Settings button present next to the Camera option.
Now activate the Block new access requests to your camera checkbox, and then press the Save changes button.
Likewise, you can prevent Firefox from accessing the microphone. Go back to the authorization settings page and tap on the Settings button present next to Microphone. After that, turn on the Block new requests asking for access to your microphone option and click on the Save changes button.
From now on, your Firefox browser will no longer be able to access your microphone or camera until you change the settings.
See: How to use the webcam on Xbox One for video or with a microphone
Prevent Edge from accessing the webcam or microphone
Here are the steps to prevent Microsoft Edge browser from accessing your camera or microphone in Windows 11/10:
- Open the Edge browser.
- Click on the three-dot menu.
- Select the Settings option.
- Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab.
- Click the Camera option in the All Permissions section.
- Disable the Ask before access option.
- Return to previous page.
- Choose the Micro option.
- Disable the Ask before access option.
First, open Microsoft Edge and click on the three dot menu button present in the top right corner. From several options, click on the Settings option.
Now go to Cookies and site permissions tab, and then in the right panel, scroll down to the All Permissions section.
Then press the Camera option, then disable the Ask before accessing (recommended) option. This will prevent Edge from accessing your webcam.
Now go back to the previous page i.e. the Site settings page, then select the Microphone option. After that, switch the Ask before accessing (recommended) option disabled. This will disable microphone access on Edge.
If you decide to allow Microsoft Edge to access your mic or camera, you can enable the option above.
Read: How do I turn off, turn off or mute the microphone in Windows?
How do I stop a website using my camera or microphone on Microsoft Edge?
To prevent a specific website from using your camera or microphone in Edge, you can follow the steps below:
- Open Edge and go to the website for which you want to block webcam or microphone access.
- Click on the lock icon present next to the web address.
- Select the Permissions option for this site.
- On the next page, click on the drop-down button present next to the Camera or Microphone option.
- Choose the Block option.
First, launch the Microsoft Edge browser and open the website that you want to prevent access to your microphone or webcam.
Now click on the lock icon present next to the website address in the address bar. From several options, click the Permissions for this site option. A new tab will open to configure permissions for the current website.
Here, click on the drop-down button present next to the Camera or Microphone option. And, select the Block option. This will block the camera or microphone permissions for that specific website.
Likewise, you can also block a website from accessing your camera or microphone on Microsoft Edge.
See: How to turn off the camera when you join Zoom Meeting
Can someone spy on me through my laptop camera?
Webcams are vulnerable to hacking like any other technological device. If an unauthorized entity has gained access to your computer’s resources, including your webcam, the adversary can spy on you and those around you. To access a user’s webcam, attackers use Trojans or Remote Access Technology (RAT). However, you can avoid such attacks and prevent yourself from being monitored by your computer. Just observe any suspicious activity like the mouse cursor is moving without touching, or the screen keeps blinking every now and then, or there is a suspicious background process running in Task Manager . These are all signs that someone is spying on you through your camera.
Hope this helps you!