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.


Not via the iCloud web page.. But if someone has your iCloud password and they have a Mac or an iDevice, and some knowhow, they would have access to everything.

My partner is divorcing but still living with his crazy soon to be ex wife. He has iCloud at the house to which his iPhone 4S and iPad are connected but also the ex wife's iPhone 4S & iPad!

Anyway I also have an iPhone 4S and want to be able to text him without his iCloud capturing our text conversations. I have heard that if we both only send standard SMS/text messages (green bubble) and not iMessage these will go undetected by iCloud and won't be captured. Is this true??? I need to confirm this before recommending to him we only use texts and not iMessages.

My partner also has Viber installed on his iPhone 4S. If I install Viber on my 4S and we communicate only by Viber will these go undetected by iCloud? if so I think that's the best way to communicate then and not be captured by iCloud!

Thanks all for your advice

You are correct - standard SMS (green bubble) messages are not part of iCloud.. only iCloud messages (blue bubble) are visible on other iDevices using the same iCloud account..

I dont know what Viber is, but if it's some sort of messaging platform that does not sign in/share/use iCloud as it's delivery mechanism, then, it would also be 'safe' .. Using a 3rd party messaging service is probably the safest because i think it's difficult to force SMS messages between only two particular iPhones (ie turn off iMessages) without fully turning off iCloud messaging (which you might not want to do)..

If you are signed out of icloud on your iphone can you still track it ?

FInd My iPhone on a device is either configured (with an iCloud account) and ON, configured and OFF, or not configured at all. In order to track an iPhone, Find My iPhone must be configured and ON.

I changed my apple id password, which is also my @mac.com password using my computer. Now when I login to icloud, find my iphone says my phone is off line but it is not. The mail feature is turned off on my phone. Any idea why icloud says my phone is off line and won't it track my phone?

Did you go into your iCloud settings on your iphone and provide your new password?

NO. Is that what the problem is? If I do that once then turn icloud off will it still track my phone?

YES that is the problem! you changed your password.. iphone still only knows your old password.. iphone cannot connect to any icloud services. Go into settings, type in new password and you're done.. But dont turn iCloud off (i dont understand why you would do that) if iCloud on the iPHone is turned off then iCloud iphone tracking will also be off = no iPhone tracking..

[quote=Anonymous Visitor]I changed my apple id password, which is also my @mac.com password using my computer. Now when I login to icloud, find my iphone says my phone is off line but it is not. The mail feature is turned off on my phone. Any idea why icloud says my phone is off line and won't it track my phone?[/quote] PS: My icloud id is the same as my apple id and @mac.com with the same password.

If i receive a text message on my iphone from another iphone that does not have icloud, will the text message go on my icloud? If so does it go through straight away or does it happen once I am home and connected to wifi? Also, do Viper messages go through to icloud?

No.. Only iMessages show up in iCloud. an iMessage is a txt sent from another iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad that are configured for iCloud, or from a Mac using iMessage. Txt's sent from non-iphones or older iPhones are treated as regular SMS and only show on the iPhone it is sent to.


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