iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare



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.


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.

The Find Friends App:

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.


Do SMS/MMS text messages automatically go thru Icloud to your other devices? or is it just the Imessages?

I thought SMS/MMS was just shared phone number to phone number, phone to phone.... and did not get tracked by ICloud?

Regular SMS or MMS messages (txt messages to non iPHones) do not go thru iCloud. only iMessages (txt messages to other iPhones or sent via iCloud to other iCloud users) go thru the iCloud..


i know you said u can look at your imessages by going to settings and turning it on but there is no option for messages only email if you set up and @me account. could you explain any more as i cant work out how to do it :/ cheers

thanks for the reply. i have done all of that and use imessage but how do i see my imessages in my icloud? there is no option for imessage on icloud

To use iMessage on your iDevice:
1) make sure you are using the newest version of iOS
2) tap SETTINGS|iCloud and make sure you are logged-in with your iCloud account
3) tap the settings button to go back to the main-settings screen OR from the main screen tap settings (get to the main/top level settings screen)
4) on the main settings screen, scroll down to "Messages"
5) tap 'iMessage' to ON and adjust the other settings to your liking

just noticed on a previous reply u cant do it on a pc that might be my problem. i need to get a msg off my phone but fdont have it on me. can i log onto my icloud on my friends phone to get it? and will it wipe it from my own phone?

IF it is an iMessage (NOT an SMS message sent to your phone) that you want to view and
IF you have not previously deleted said iMessage
you should be able to log-in to iCloud & iMessage from any iDevice to read that iMessage. It will only be wiped from your phone if you wipe it from that phone or from another device.

WARNING: when logging in/out and changing iCloud accounts on your friends iPhone - be sure to READ, understand and comprehend all warning messages that (might) appear - DO NOT JUST click thru them without reading and understanding them! Ignoring the messages and/or clicking the wrong 'cancel' or 'ok' button may result in lost or duplicated iCloud data (emails, calendar entries, contacts)..

Hi there, hoping you can help. If I obtained an icloud user name / password would I be able to view recently sent & deleted sms / mms / as well as call history, etc from a different Windows PC? This seems to be a really useful forum in terms of getting quick answers / explanations on how to do things & hoping there's something I can do to put my mind at rest.

When you log in to iCloud on an iDevice or a Mac you can (limited to your question):
view recently sent and received iMessages (these are slightly different from sms/mms);

You cannot:
view deleted iMessages
view call history

On Windows you are limited only to the iCloud.com web interface which only allows access to eMail, Contacts, Calendar, & Find my iPhone (at this time)

I was just reading over some of these things and was wondering-- if my boyfriend wanted to track my location using the Find My Iphone app, would I be able to tell he was doing it? And if he logged into my iCloud account, would I know he did it? I don't think he knows my passwords but I'm not sure so I just need to know if I would be aware that he had done anything.


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