A cryptic warning stating “Unknown is taking over your screen” has recently begun appearing for some macOS users, causing confusion and concern over its meaning. While likely a bug, the eerie alert highlights Apple’s ongoing privacy push.
Brief Message Warns of Potential Screen Recording
The sudden pop-up notification declares an unknown person or process is capturing the user’s display, often vanishing after a few seconds. It seemingly intends to warn of screen recording.
But with no apparent source visible, users are left puzzled and unnerved by the anonymous hijacking threat. The ambiguity around the alert adds to its creepy impact.
Privacy Feature or Software Glitch? Cause Remains Unclear
The alert may stem from new privacy protections in macOS flagging screen access or be an error triggered by bugs in the OS or apps.
Control App Access to Screen Recording
Users can manually restrict which apps can access screen recording under the Apple menu > System Preferences > Privacy & Security.
Reviewing this list of permitted apps can identify or rule out a potential source of the “taking over screen” warning.
User Reports Could Shed Light on Mysterious Message
Apple has not acknowledged the confusing alert publicly. Providing feedback to Apple on the issue could help determine if it’s simply a bug or part of a new security initiative.