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No spying any longer: Hacker protection Camera Guard for MacOS blocks webcam and microphone

12-13-2016 09:26 AM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: ProtectStar, Inc.

ProtectStar's Camera Guard for Mac

ProtectStar's Camera Guard for Mac

Secret services, hackers, voyeurs, online-scammers: Your own computer isn’t safe any longer! The world first Camera Guard brings back privacy at work place and in the children's rooms at home with one single click – specifically protecting the webcam the and the microphone of iMacs and from MacBooks.

Who knows who’s observing you right now? After the NSA documents from the archive of the whistleblower Edward Snowden became public, it was clear: Not only data thieves and computer scammers are interested in invading the privacy of the user. Also secret services use every possibility at their disposal to gain access. Taking over the computer webcam or the built in microphone from afar is no longer just science fiction.

Who wants to be secretly observed?
Chris Bohn, CEO of ProtectStar: “Who wants to be observed or overheard by unknown people while at work or at home? No-one. That's the reason why millions of users all over the world tape over their webcams and microphones. Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and FBI boss James Comey do that. For a lot of parents this is one of the most commonly used safety measures on computers in children's rooms. “

Alarm! Camera Guard reports access of camera and microphone
When the Camera Guard is installed, a single click is enough in order to secure the camera and microphone. The safety tool from then on reports all applications and processes that try to gain access to the camera and microphone. The user himself then decides if he whishes to allow access to the eyes and ears of the Mac Computer. Or indeed if he does not wish allow it. All accesses and warnings are protocolled in a log file.

The personal settings of the Camera Guard are also protected by a PIN number which is equipped with special hacker protection in order to even prevent the software itself from being manipulated.

Deep Detective: The intelligent safety officer
The core of the safety software is the intelligent Deep Detective. This detective does not only recognize well known malware, like for example the Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor, which specifically takes over the control of the integrated webcam, it also identifies attacks of previously unknown malware. Just like an alarm system, a firewall or intruder detection, all attacks from hackers, spies and trojans are detected and blocked using heuristic methods. At the same time the software uses minimal system resources.

FREE- and price-reduced PRO-full version
Camera Guard runs on Mac OS 10.11 or higher (OS X El Capitan, macOS Sierra). The Mac Software is given away for free in the FREE-Version. Here you already have the protection of the webcam and safety information over accesses.

The PRO-version additionally offers protection of the microphone, the Deep Detective, protection against well-known and unknown access attempts, a protocol in a log file, a password protection and a 24/7 support via email. The pro-version costs 29.90 Euros – and only 19.90 Euros in the first week of launch.

Based in Miami, Florida, ProtectStar, Inc. was founded by Christopher Bohn in 2004. Their aim is to protect the users of tomorrow against unauthorized data access today. ProtectStar was among the first companies to check mobile devices for security risks, a pioneering effort leading to significant security improvements in mobile and smart phones. In 2006, it released Data Shredder for Windows, which has become an industry standard in secure data deletion. The company's iShredder for iOS, released in 2011, is the leading iOS data erasure app that protects against third parties restoring deleted files. ProtectStar has more than 1,000,000 customers in over 100 countries, from industrial, business, institutional, government, and military sectors, as well as individual users. Copyright (C) 2004-2016 ProtectStar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Macintosh, and macOS are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

Nigel Donahue-Wolters
PR Manager

CorporatePR@protectstar.com
Nigel Donahue-Wolters
PR Manager
CorporatePR@protectstar.com

ProtectStar Inc.
Press Center
444 Brickell Avenue
Suite 51103
Miami, FL 33131
USA
Phone: +1 305 328 5044
Fax : +1 305 967 6704

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