Disabling the built in camera (OS X)

From The System Administrator Zone

Some people might think it is cool, but I really don't like the idea of having a camera staring me in the face when I'm using my computer.

The key file is:

  • /System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDIgitizer.component

If you make this file disappear, the camera won't be able to function. Using the Unix concept of hidden files and directories, OS X Daily suggests creating a hidden directory to stash it in. The nice thing about this concept is that you aren't really damaging anything and your actions are completely reversible.

# cd /System/Library/QuickTime
# mkdir .iSightBackup
# mv QuickTimeUSBVDCDIgitizer.component .iSightBackup