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The new MacBook Air and Pro, new mechanism of protection against wiretapping

07.11.2018 - Apple, MacBook
The new MacBook Air and Pro, new mechanism of protection against wiretapping

New MacBook Pro and MacBook Air at the physical level, disable the built-in microphones at the time of lowering of the lid, says Business Insider, citing a document describing the characteristics of coprocessor T2. This prevents the possibility of unauthorized eavesdropping by limiting the operation of malicious software like FruitFly, which activates microphones infected laptops, even if they are in the closed state.

Physically disconnect the microphones — this is the option, which is not enough modern devices. Due to the fact that they cease to be current, the user can be completely confident in their safety, knowing for sure that his conversation will not be overheard by third parties. However, since the disabling is done automatically, and the trigger for this was the closure cap, to deactivate the microphone when the computer is turned on, there’s no way that doesn’t eliminate the risk of wiretapping at 100%.

Mute microphone MacBook

Despite the logic of Apple’s actions to ensure the safety of users, it would be much better if the company is just beginning to equip their computers external switch to deactivate the microphone. That is, by the way, did the engineers of “Yandex” in the design of “Yandex.Station”, guaranteeing its users that the column will not be able to listen to them when it is undesirable.

Disable MacBook camera

Very interestingly, in Cupertino decided to pull the plug on only the microphones of the corporate laptops, but not their web camera. The company representatives explained this by the fact that in the closed state of the laptop cover 100% overlap field of view, thereby limiting the ability to conduct covert video or photographic images. However, if you are worried for their safety just like mark Zuckerberg, you can always just tape up the peephole camera is a small flap of thick electrical tape.

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