As we all know that Dell is among the most popular laptop manufacturer and now the manufacturer company has started their interest in the Linux community, Dell is now preparing a hardware level privacy protection for its next-gen Linux laptop.
Nowadays, work from home has become very common and these days privacy has become very important we have seen many cases of spying through webcam and microphones and steal individual’s privacy.
Now the manufacturers are focusing on the user’s privacy and providing hardware-level privacy protection.
Dell is an American multinational computer technology company, the company is one of the largest technology corporations in the world, employing more than 165,000 people in the U.S. and around the world. It is one of the biggest PC product companies in the world.
The hardware-based protection aims to protect the user’s privacy by introducing hardware-based buttons to turn off the internal camera and microphone.
Since it works on the operating system level it would block the spyware and malware to spy on you by disabling the camera and microphone.
You can press CTRL+F4 to disable the built-in microphone and CTRL+F9 to disable the built-in camera instead of using third-party software.
The privacy protection code proposed by Perry Yuan from Dell to Linux Kernel but still, the code is at initial stages and yet to merge with Linux main code.
It’s a great step for manufacturers to come up with a hardware level privacy protection for Linux. Obviously, this isn’t the first time Linux PC vendor Purism, has already introduced to disable webcam and microphone and also WiFi and Bluetooth physically.