iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare


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Apple released iCloud for Mac, PC and iOS5 devices this week and after only a few days, millions of users have already started using the service.  However two features of the new iCloud service could cause big problems for anyone cheating or otherwise doing things they might not ought to be doing.

Photostream:

One of the most ballyhoo'd features of iCloud is Photo Stream.  To quote Apple's website:

With iCloud, when you take a photo on one device, it automatically appears on all your other devices. No syncing. No sending. Your photos are just there. Everywhere you want them.

Every picture snapped on your iPhone or iPad are automatically streamed to every other iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac configured with the same iCloud account.  A photo taken on your iPhone at the bar at 2am will near-instantly appear on your computer at home or on the iPhone of your spouse trying to text-message you asking what you're doing.  And the best part?  You cannot delete individual photos from your iCloud Photo Stream.  

 

You read that right: Once you take a picture, it will automatically be added into your Photo Stream and once that happens you cannot delete it.  Every pictures is stored on the Photo Stream for 30 days, or until you take over 1000 pictures, whichever comes first.

**Update for iOS 6: You can now delete pictures from your photostream, but only on the device you are deleting it from (it stays on the other device's Photostream)

Update 2013 - iOS 7 - Now when you delete a picture from Photostream, it is deleted from all devices.  If you use iPhoto had configure it to download your images, the downloaded images will not be deleted.

Find Friends:

Another new feature of iOS5 is a free app called "Find Friends".  Similar to the Find My iPhone service of iCloud, Find Friends allows you to invite people to follow you wherever you go.  Once you give authorization to allow someone to follow you, they will know where you are 24/7, without any notice.   Scorned lovers across the globe may already be secretly inviting and authorizing themselves (without the knowledge of the phone-owner, if they have access to the phone) to track their cheating husband or wife and every step they take.

 

Smart divorce lawyers out there may already be instructing husbands and wives how to use these great new services.

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Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
recovering deleted texts from iCloud
I downloaded a data recovery system is there anyway a person can completely permently delete some texts but some deleted text messages came up but not one from one specific number
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Re: recovering deleted texts from iCloud
it depends on how the recovery software works, but probably.
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Using my child's icloud
I'm signed in on my iMessage using my child's Apple ID. Will I see the imsgs he recieves or sends on my phone? Also, if I happen to send a msg on my phone, will he see it on his phone too..since we are now using the same iMessage email.? any answer is highly appreciated.
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Re: Using my child's icloud

Yes.. If you are using his/her imessages account anything you send your child would see. You would basically become your child as far as iMessages is concerned. This can get very confusing/sticky.

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iMessage
if Icloud is already set up with imessages can i log in without message being sent?
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Re: iMessage

If icloud is setup on a device, there is no need to "log in" on it.
If you mean log in at the www.iCloud.com website, then a message will be sent.

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Re: iMessage
If I downloaded a data recovery and went to iCloud it showed 0 messages but showed call history and voice mails does that mean he some how erased all old texts off the cloud? Cause I checkedy sons phone the same way and his text messages were there?
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How do I read my boyfriend's messages?
I have my boyfriends Apple ID and password but I cant see imessages/txts/photos on icloud. What do I have to do to see these?
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Shared iCloud messages
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Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare
Can you sign onto another iCloud account and see the persons stuff without them knowing ? And not having your stuff synced ?
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Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare

so from what im reading here... i'm getting confused. my boyfriend and i use MY icloud on our iphones. but... in settings i made it to ONLY i can receive imessages by only check marking my email. am i good to go? or is there something i dont know about icloud. my question is.. is there any way that he is also getting my imessages? since he is using my icloud...?

is there any way i can check how many devices are using my icloud account? My boyfriend and i use the same icloud (my icloud), is there any way i can check (without having his device) if he's still using my icloud or not?

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Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare

If he as your icloud password, he can (if he knows how) easily see your imessages, your icloud emails, and potentially your TXT/SMS messages.

You can go to www.iCloud.com and sign-in to the Find My iPhone and you will see all devices listed that are using Find My iPhone with your account. I don't know of a way to see if other devices are using only iMessage or other services. One way to find out is to change your password and see if he starts asking questions, since that would disconnect him.

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Reading iMessages with iCloud Family account
My husband wants me to log into our family iCloud account, namely to use the "find my phone" app if ever necessary. I know there is no way to turn off the syncing of iMessages. Is he able to read them (we have Macs and iPads at home)? Are they encrypted? Will I know if he is reading them?
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Re: Reading iMessages with iCloud Family account

iCloud Family allows the Family Manager to control/approve purchases and track the location of all the devices/accounts added to "The Family". Being added to a Family Account does not give the Family Account Manager the ability to read your iMessages. As long as he does not have your iCloud password, your iMessages are secure.

If by "family account" you mean a single iCloud account shared between everyone in the family, not only would everyone be reading everyone else's Imessages, their contacts and emails would all be intermingled and everything would be a clusterphuk. that is NOT the way to do it - nothing would work as exepcted and everyone would complain about how much "icloud sucks" - because you're doing it wrong.

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Re: Reading iMessages with iCloud Family account
i thought no one could ever read our imessages... isnt that in our control? it's in setting.. under messages you click who recieves and sends messages. or am i wrong? because my boyfriend uses my icloud.. does that mean hes able to read or see my imessages?
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Re: Reading iMessages with iCloud Family account

You are wrong. Those settings you mention only controls your "sender ID", or the "from" for imessages you send. anyone that has/knows your icloud password can potentially (and very easily) read your imessages.

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Re: Reading iMessages with iCloud Family account
Thank you for your response. To clarify, it is his iCloud account (under his name and email address), but he wants me to link up to it as well (for aforementioned "find my iPhone" purpose, which he has used successfully himself). Also, it would give me access to all our pictures (Photostream, I think?) and then photos wouldn't eat up so much memory on my phone. So in this case, if I am linked to his iCloud account, can my iMessages be read by him?
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Re: Reading iMessages with iCloud Family account

You can use different accounts for Find My iPhone and iMessages, so that he would not be able to see your iMessages IF you very carefully do your settings correctly but like the Apple Biter said, this is not the right way to go about doing this, and, it's not going to save you any space with the pictures on your phone.. Further, photostream images arent forever - they get deleted from "the cloud" after a certain amount of time. It sounds to me like he/you are going about what you want the wrong way.

The right way to do exactly what you want is to setup Family Sharing - see this Apple page for more info : Apple Family Sharing. This does what you want, but maintains the security and privacy of your individual account.

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Getting iMessages on an iPad
In entering my apple id for iMessages on my Ipad I noticed on the next screen that it does not have my phone number associated as one of the ways to iMessage on ipad...how would i associate my phone number to listed options for starting new conversations and receiving imessages?
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Re: Getting iMessages on an iPad

Make sure that iCloud and Messages is configured on your iphone. Optionally, you can also send and receive regular SMS/TXT messages via the iPhone if you turn on Text Message Forwarding in the phone's settings.

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Text messages from an iPhone on an Android phone
If I have an android phone and my boyfriend has an Iphone, is there any way that a third person (daughter) with a MAC be able to see the text messages that are sent?
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Re: Text messages from an iPhone on an Android phone

By default, NO Possible? YES

Your boyfriend would have to turn on Text Message forwarding on his iPhone and add/allow your daughter's Mac to be added to his forwarding list and she would have to have his iCloud username and iCloud password and configure her Mac to use it.

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deleting iCloud texts
Once a text is deleted, isn't it gone for good. No one will ever see it ?
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Re: deleting iCloud texts
"texts".. Yes. iMessages.. Not so much.
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View text messages on Verizon?

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Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare
My husband and I have the same iCloud account, but separate Apple IDs. Is there a way to see his sms and iMessages?
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iCloud Text Message Forwarding
You will need to configure your Messages app with the same account and and password as his to see his iMessages. You will then also be sending everything using that account. He will also get a notification when you do it. For SMS you would have to turn on Text Message Forwarding on his phone and add your phone to receive forwarded SMS messages.
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iMessages on www.iCloud.com
I went to icloud.com and logged in but I don't see the imessage app....how do I look at text messages from the icloud?
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Re: iMessages on www.iCloud.com

You can't..
iMessages are only accessible on an iDevice or a Mac

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logging in to my boyfriend's iCloud account
I have my boyfriends iMessage login. If I login to his on my phone, will it notify him of that?

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