Webcam Shield

This Article Applies to:

  • Avast Business Antivirus
  • Small Office Protection

Webcam Shield prevents applications and malware from accessing webcams without the consent of the user. With Webcam Shield enabled, untrusted applications cannot capture images or videos and send the content to computers to compromise privacy.

Webcam Shield determines trusted applications based on Avast Reputation Services, which reviews the application’s certification information and analyzes how many users have the application installed.

Webcam Shield Settings

You can access these settings by clicking Menu ▸ Settings, then navigating to Privacy ▸ Webcam Shield.

Mode: choose whether the Webcam Shield mode is Smart (allow trusted applications but must give permission to untrusted applications), Strict (must give permission for all apps), or No Mercy (no applications allowed)

Webcam application permission lists are only valid in Smart and Strict modes.

Adding Allowed and Blocked Applications

  1. Navigate to Menu ▸ Settings, then navigating to General ▸ Blocked & Allowed Apps
    • Alternatively, you can click View allowed / blocked apps on the Privacy ▸ Webcam Shield page
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To block an app, click Block App, then select the app from the list or click Select App Path and browse to the application .exe
    • To allow an app, click Allow App, then select the app from the list or click Select App Path and browse to the application .exe
  3. Click Add

You can edit any item in these lists by clicking the three dots beside the application in the list and selecting either Change blocked features or Remove.