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03-20-2021 09:14 AM
The community needs to learn and understand that the Microsoft platform is loaded with back doors and has well known security disabilities that make the camera and microphones easily hacked (anything on Windows is designed with vulnerabilities to please various national security alphabet agencies)
I want physical control over the microphone
I will use my own and will physically install it only when I intend to use it.
03-20-2021 01:16 PM
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To find the location of the microphone on your computer,
You first need to know the full model name / product number.
How to find:
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Once you know the product information,
Open the home page for your device,
Open Category Manuals
Where to look:
- If there is one available, the physical attributes (components) are explained in the Service Guide.
- If there is one available, the User Guide provides the location of the external components, including (for example) the microphone and webcam.
Places to check / control / set your microphone
Disable the Device
Open Device Manager > Audio inputs and outputs
Right-Click on the Microphone and Disable
Settings > Privacy > Microphone
Section "Allow apps to access your microphone"
Switch to OFF
NOTE: Some applications / installers are unaffected by these settings.
Reference: Windows 10 desktop apps and privacy
Permanent Disable (Not recommended)
If your device is no longer in Warranty,
If you find the Service Guide for your computer,
Read the guide to find and physically disconnect the microphone.
Weird but mostly effective workaround:
After you have located the microphone on the outside of your device,
Cover the microphone with something to block the microphone input.
For example, search for "Sticky Tack" on the net. As long as the device (computer) does not have to open and close (laptop), a tiny ball of sticky-tack can be used to create a temporary "block".
Upgrade your network and computer / device security.
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