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how to get opera to stop trying to access my camera

  • Hi - according to some new security software I installed, every time I fire up Opera, it tries to access my camera. I'm thinking there may or may not be a similar issue with the microphone.

    Question:

    How do I, with certainty, set opera so that, at all times, it stops trying to access my camera and (if it is doing so) stops trying to access my microphone? Is there an extension which can do this for me?

  • @jlsoaz2 Try disabling camera access in settings > site settings.

  • Ok, thanks, that seems to have worked. Both camera and microphone now show up as blocked.

    The problem was that there is no "disable" option. The option is to "ask before accessing". I took this to mean, possibly, that if I turned that off, that it might well mean that it would just go ahead and access without asking. I guess I suggest a wording change, for the sake of clarification, within settings.

  • @jlsoaz2 If you turn it off, it will be disabled.

  • Hi @leocg

    Unfortunately, sometimes it still seems to be trying to access my camera. When I start up a fresh new session of Opera, and have it set not to try to access any particular web page, I still (sometimes) see the warning from my security software.

    Does anyone know if there is an extension which addresses this?

  • @jlsoaz2 I think you should try testing with another security software first and also with other browsers.
    It may be a false positive or just too much paranoia from the software.

    Opera may be just checking if there is a camera.

  • @leocg said in how to get opera to stop trying to access my camera:

    @jlsoaz2 I think you should try testing with another security software first and also with other browsers.
    It may be a false positive or just too much paranoia from the software.

    Opera may be just checking if there is a camera.

    You may be right, I don't know. Earlier today I made some screenshot snips, so here they are:
    webcam issue three.PNG webcam issue two.PNG

    I won't be able readily to try a different security software, though it is a point that has some merit as I just recently revised which Norton I was using, so perhaps it has transitioned to this "safecam" which is now checking for things there more stringently.

    I'll try a couple of other browsers and settings though when I get a chance.

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