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.
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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.
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.
Tools are available to help you manage your environment to your personal standards.
Generally, the products you purchase provide more features than any of the free alternatives.
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