[KB7071] Create and edit Webcam rules in ESET Windows home products (14.x–15.x)

Issue

Solution

Webcam Protection in your ESET Windows product informs you about processes and applications that are attempting to access your computer's web camera. When an application requests access to your webcam, you will receive a notification where you can select to allow or block the access.

The color of the alert window depends on the application's reputation. The option that you select will be turned into a rule that you can edit later. You will receive a notification each time the rule is used, whether you choose to block or allow the application.

Add a webcam rule

  1. Before you add a webcam rule, make sure that the option Remember for this application is selected before making your selection and then click either Block access or Allow access in the notification window. 

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The rule will be added to your Webcam protection rules. You will receive a notification each time the rule is used, whether you choose to block or allow the application.

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Edit an existing webcam rule

In the webcam rules editor, you can edit the settings of existing rules or delete an existing rule. You cannot create a new rule in the editor. New rules can only be created by clicking the desktop notifications.
  1. Open the main program window of your Windows ESET product.

  2. Press the F5 key on your keyboard to access Advanced setup.

  3. Click Device Control, expand Webcam protection and click Edit next to Rules.

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  1. In the Rules window, you can change existing rules to either block or allow webcam access to an application or be prompted each time an application is requesting access to the webcam. Select the rule that you want to change and then select an option to update the rule. Click OK to save your changes.
 Figure 2-2

The webcam rule is now updated. You will receive a notification each time the rule is enforced.


Enable or disable webcam access alerts for modified applications

A Disable webcam access alerts for modified applications feature has been added to Webcam protection settings for ESET Windows home products version 15. Users can enable or disable webcam access for modified applications.

  1. Click the slider bar next to Disable webcam access alerts for modified applications to enable or disable webcam access for modified applications. A webcam access alert won't be shown for an application that was modified but still has a valid digital signature.   
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