iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare


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Photo-stream

 

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)
Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare
my imessage isn't switched on the cloud on my phone. can I do it from my icloud on my computer?
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iMessage data

Okay, so if the data on an iPhone runs out,does it sign out of the iMessage automatically & signs back in once the bill has been paid & the data starts over?

Because messages were still coming in but it once the data ran out, under the iPad settings, it just has "2 email addresses" & no number. So I guess the real question is, does data has anything to do with the i messaging system & will the number pop back up once the data is cut back on?

Ansell (not verified)
Re: iMessage data
probably not because even if your data plan runs out imessages can still work on wifi.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare
Is there a way to see if someone else has been receiving my iMessage on their phone, i.e. to see whether they've sneakily added my phone number to their iMessage setup and are receiving all of my messages without me knowing??
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Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare

THere is no way to tell on demand, but if/when they started using your account you would have gotten a notification on your iphone/ipad/Mac.
If you are worried all you have to do is change your password.

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Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare
Thanks, I have changed my password and my emotionally abusive husband is now angry at me for changing it. In a nutshell, I found that a bunch of messages from my friends had been sent to iMessage on my Macbook Air and not to my iPhone (even though I never set up any of these permissions, I didn't even know what iMessage was). I did a bit of research and found that this often happens with messages from other iPhone users (i.e. the messages being sent to your other iMessage enabled devices but not to your iPhone), if your iMessage account has been setup on another device and then been switched off. I certainly never did this and the only other person with my iPhone/iMac/iCloud passwords was my husband. I confronted him and he denied tracking my messages, but did admit to tracking my location as he apparently 'likes to see' what me and my toddler are up to. We are in counselling for his control and anger issues but it's not going well, if I could confirm that he was infact reading my messages that would be the last straw. I haven't done anything to be ashamed of, but I have messaged my Mum from time to time and said 'can't talk now as hubby is here, will call you later' as she is the only person that knows what's going on, and I wouldn't want him reading that as it would make him mad at me. A real shame I can't confirm it (he could easily have sent the access confirmation message to my iPhone and deleted it while I was bathing our toddler or putting him to bed) :/
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare
My boyfriend doesn't have his iCloud switched on. If I secretly turn it on, will he know?
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Skype on iCloud
Does Skype show up on icloud? Or what is the best app to have private messages in which I want to keep private from my wife.
Rod A. Rippy (not verified)
Re: Skype on iCloud
Skype does not use iCloud.
Connie (not verified)
Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare
Will and iPhone show its location is being checked, when going through iCloud? Can the phone beset the show an alternate, incorrect, location? Thank you
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Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare

The accuracy is not guaranteed and can vary from showing the exact spot, to showing a location several miles off.
For most people, most of the time, in most places, it is very accurate. But, not always.

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Does android phones post iMessages through iCloud
I have an iPhone and have given my nephew my iPod with my iCloud setup on it. He can see my iMessages from othe iPhone users but can he see them when someone with an android phone iMessages me?
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Re: Does android phones post iMessages through iCloud

Android phones (any phone that is not an iphone) sends SMS/TXT messages and does not/cannot send iMessages - so no, TXT messages from an Android phone would be show up via iCloud/iMessage..
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This could change with iOS 8 ..

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iMessages on my Macbook
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Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare
If I sign into her acct from my iphone but don't check my number does it show up on her imessager . I just have her email and number checked . Mine is greyes out now checked
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Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare
Yall kidz are just full of trust (sarcasm)
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Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare

If a Iphone and Ipad are synced via Icloud, & imessages are checked as yes on the phone number & email. However suddenly Imessages have stopped coming through on the Ipad. Do you know why this could be?
The Iphone storage is full at the moment, the notification saying storage is full keeps popping up, could this be a reason that the imessages are now not coming through on the ipad? or if not, what could be other reasons? the correct boxes are checked when in settings on the ipad Etc.

Thank you

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Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare

If the iphone is full, this could have something to do with it. Resolve that issue and see if the problem goes away. If that does not fix it, try turning off iCloud and imessage on both devices, wait a few minutes, then turn it back on - if that does not help, then do a full shutdown and restart of both devices.

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iMessage questions

Hi,

My partner has an iPhone 5 and an icloud account - not sure what the settings are currently at. But a number of imessages were sent and received last week which she immediately deleted. Are these imessages available to be viewed on the icloud website? I have her password. If so then how?

I read online about messages syncing only when using wifi - I know some were sent when she was out on 3G. Would my network provider be able to help then?

If she synced her phone to our laptop then would this make a difference - would they then be saved to icloud or itunes?

If I login to icloud to read imessages - I note you have stated for someone else that the phone user will get a message about this - is there any way to avoid this? Or login on a different system to avoid this?

To view imessages online - do I need to do it from an apple device? Can it be on a Windows laptop? If I borrow a friends apple device will it sync or do anything to alert the user of the iphone? Thanks.

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Re: iMessage questions

Imessages are not viewable on the iCloud website.

Imessages sync over WiFi or 3G/Mobile. But since iMessages use secured "data", your network provider cannot help you.

If the device was synced and backed-up while those iMessages were on the phone (not yet deleted) then those imessages would be in the backup.

You cannot "login" to imessage to read iMessages - you must configure a device to use that iCloud account. When you do that, all sorts of notifications are sent to other devices that use that icloud account. There is no way around this as it is intended to prevent people from doing exactly what you are trying to do without permission.

You can only view iMessages from an Iphone, iPad, iPod Touch or a Mac, configured to use the icloud account (which will send notifications). You cannot view deleted imessages.

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Re: iCloud: Find My iPhone
if i click FIND MY IPHONE on icloud, will it give me the location og boyfriend's whereabouts without my boyfriend getting any notifications, finding out that i am tracking him?
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iCloud notificaiton
Hi, i know my husbands Icloud password, and i can use my ipad to log in. However, it always sens him a message that his number is being used somwehere else to view imessages. He hasnt figured it out that i log in to his account. Is there any way to stop the messages sent to him every time i log into his imessages on the ipad. There is an option were it says deliver to messages to his number or his email associated with icloud. Also on icloud they have an option called "find my iphone," if i click that will he be notified. I just want to know his whereabouts by tracking his phone.
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Re: iCloud notificaiton

There is no way to stop those messages. They are intended to prevent people from being sneaky.
If you use the web-based version of Find My iPhone not notification is sent, but it may show a tiny icon at the top of the screen by the clock when the devices is being tracked. It is then possible to go into the privacy settings and see that the Find My iPhone service had been in use.

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sharing iMessage
If I have Imessage on my phone turned on, but Icloud on my phone turned off and I share an email account/iTunes account with my family will my Imessages be sent to another device (Ipad)? Is there a way to find them?
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Re: sharing iMessage

This question has been answered here: sharing iCloud accounts

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare
If I were to change my Apple ID to my husbands Apple ID would everything on my phone sync to his phone too? Or will I just be able to see his messages and all?
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Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare

If you configure his Apple ID on your phone and enable all options, the following would merge/sync from your phone with his icloud info:
Contacts
email
iMessages
Bookmarks
Current/last opened webpage in Safari
Calendars
Reminders
"Notes"
Saved usernames & passwords (keychain)
Pictures/Photostream
iCloud Documents

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: iCloud
CAN YOU PLEASE REMOVE MY PHOTO? UGH.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare
Do text messages get backed up to I cloud? Even deleted ones?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare
Everything on the iphone gets backed up including text messages. When you delete something it's not on the phone anymore so it doesnt get backed up.

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