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Computer Security: Snap a Picture of Whoever Logs on Your Laptop

If you suspect a coworkers or family member is snooping around your on your laptop while you’re out, here’s a way to find out who they are by taking a picture and saving it to Dropbox. That allows you to check out what the mice are doing while the cat’s away from another computer or smartphone.

Utility Captures Snoopers

First download CommandCam to a Dropbox folder of your choice.

commandcam dropbox

After downloading the file to Dropbox, right-click CommandCam.exe and click Create Shortcut, so you can then move the shortcut to your startup folder. In Windows 7, you can find out how to move items to the Startup folder in this article.

In Windows 8, the startup folder is not as easily accessible, but you can still find it, as explained here.

commandcam create shortcut

Then paste the shortcut into the Startup folder on your system.

commandcam create shortcut startup

To test things out, click the shortcut, then go to the Dropbox folder where you copied the program. When you’re asked for the permission to run the software, make sure you un-tick “Always ask before opening this file”, because otherwise your cover will be blown.

CommandCam permission

A picture of you – or whoever’s in front of the webcam at that moment — will shown up in the Dropbox directory you place CommanCam in bmp format.


One thing to note is when it runs a command prompt will come up during startup when it snaps a shot.

command Line

If you don’t want that to display, as it might give away the program, right-click the shortcut and select Properties. Then select Minimized from the Run dropdown menu and click OK.

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Run minimized

The utility always replaces the last image, so make sure you copy the ones you want saved to another folder. If you don’t want it to always take shots, delete the shortcut from the Startup folder and only add it when needed.

You can always take a look at the properties of the image to see exactly the time stamp and find out when the action occurred. Also, if you don’t want pictures uploaded to Dropbox, you can use any other folder, with the same instructions. But running it from Dropbox or another cloud storage service provides an easy way to check from your smartphone or other computer.

Speaking of proof, look what I found in my Dropbox folder when I was out on my lunch break. I always knew this guy was up to something and now I can prove it!

Cam capture

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21 Responses to Computer Security: Snap a Picture of Whoever Logs on Your Laptop

  1. shockersh September 23, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    You should really figure out why that stuffed animal has your password!

    • Bogdan Bele September 24, 2013 at 9:36 am #

      Still working on that one, but thanks for your concern 🙂

      • Bohdan October 28, 2015 at 4:28 am #

        The stuffed animal probably has outside help and a lot of experience on the matter.

  2. Steven September 23, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    This is truely clever.

    • Bogdan Bele September 24, 2013 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks, glad you liked it.

  3. Jason P September 24, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Is there an alternative for the iMac? running Snow Leopard…

  4. poch September 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    I was able to install your great camcommand to Dropbox.
    But I can’t put it to the Startup folder which Anvir had disabled.
    Can I do that without reinstalling Anvir?

    • Bogdan Bele September 24, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

      You should try disabling Anvir, maybe you can add it to the Startup folder.

  5. Mitesh Gaur April 7, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    People like you make Internet truly a worthwhile place to visit.
    Thanks again.

  6. Steven Shadow September 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    My laptop is a Dell and it has a white LED that comes on anytime the camera is active. Is there a way to disable that LED?
    Thanks in advance

    • Bogdan Bele September 4, 2014 at 2:44 am #

      Unfortunately, unless you open up the laptop and disable the LED directly (which I wouldn’t advise doing), I don’t think there’s a lot you can do about that.

  7. Matthew December 26, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    i dont think i understand how to use this.

  8. walker December 31, 2014 at 3:49 am #

    does it still take a picture if the person trying to log in gets the password wrong? that’s mainly what i need it for

  9. G February 1, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    Does this work with Windows 10?

    • Cj May 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

      Im wondering that as well, I might just try it out anyway to see the results and if no one lets you know, I will

    • Cj May 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

      it works fine

  10. Cj May 7, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    this is cool and all but is it possible to snap a picture when an incorrect password is entered ?

  11. Kurniawan July 19, 2016 at 4:41 am #

    i think you forgot something.. a program cant run automatically in lockscreen

  12. gina July 21, 2016 at 6:04 am #

    You can only do this on Windows 7 and 8 only or no?

  13. Rajat agarwal August 14, 2016 at 2:51 am #

    installed and followed all steps but only getting logo of my cyberlink camera

  14. Zana September 7, 2016 at 6:20 am #

    But when I turn it on to check if someone used it, I only get my picture because the prEvious one was replaced??

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