We live in a rapidly changing world, one where it’s increasingly difficult to know the good guys from the bad guys. You may never know who steals your credit card, hacks your bank account, or breaks into your Mac.
Some say even the U.S. government has backdoor access to the cameras and microphones on your Mac and iPhone. Maybe so. Maybe not. But a little paranoia goes a long way toward holding onto some semblance of privacy and security. After all, if everyone is out to get you, paranoia is the right attitude to have.
Here’s a Mac app that can help justify insecurities and paranoia.
“Hello? Is This On?”
We’ve long been fans at Mac360 of Little Snitch, the security app which tracks apps that phone home. The same developers have come up with Micro Snitch, a clever app which monitors the Mac’s microphone and camera.
Think of Micro Snitch as Little Snitch’s less expensive baby brother.
If someone has hacked into your Mac and tries to use the mic or camera to spy on you, Micro Snitch will know about it and give you a heads up. Heads up? How? It’s easy to miss a little flashing icon in the Menubar, right?
It’s not so easy to miss a giant head overlaid on the Mac’s screen. What about the details Micro Snitch collects?
Wait a minute. Isn’t this just paranoia gone amok? After all, who’s hacking into your Mac to use the microphone and camera?
That’s the point. It’s not like they’re going to tell you ahead of time. If you run Flash on your Mac, did you know it has settings which allow both mic and camera to be controlled remotely? Thank you, Adobe and all the online banks, for making life so miserable for so many.
If the mic or camera is used while you’re away– I’m thinking family member, co-worker, neighbor, classmate– Micro Snitch also logs the activity so you can view it to see when the use occurred. Micro Snitch is one of those nifty utilities which you may never use, but if you’re slightly paranoid and wonder who’s been doing what to your Mac, this is another level of security to warn you of, well, not the impending apocalypse, but that someone has been mucking around your Mac’s innards.