iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare

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.

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.

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I need to retrived txt message from my iphone 3 G. The message were deleted yesterday. Can I get them?

if you can restore from a backup that was made while the TXT was there you can get it (by restoring from that backup).. i don't know of any other way.. Might be some Jailbrake apps if you want to go that route.

I lost my iPhone a few nights ago, I have been trying to locate it but it is dead now. Is there anything I can do? Can I get a location of the last place it had power? Also there is a slight chance my icloud may not be turned on, or that I have not backed up my contacts or photos, can my boyfriend who has the same iPhone 4s as me get in his icloud and activate mine if I give him the password? I would really appriciate the help, all my photos from the summer with my babies are gone:(

If the phone is off or dead, or if your icloud AND find my iPhone is not turned on you cannot track it with Find my iPhone. There is no way you can get the last location, and no way to activate it remotely.
If iCloud was on and active for contacts and photostream, they should all be backed up in iCloud and not lost.

If I want to see my Partners pictures but don't want him to see Mine. Would it work, of I have not turned on photostream. I would delete all My pictures then turn on photostream Would that work?

Alright, I've been reading all this information about iCloud and I've been having issues with my ex husband refusing to allow me access to my children. I've sent them texts, emails, and contacted them but they claim they are not receiving any information. When they have responded to texts I often get strange messages like "You're the one who abandoned your kids, not me." out of the blue that seems out of context and frankly not what a 12 year old would say and in counseling sessions the child denies sending it. My ex and his kids have iPhones but at the time I was getting those texts I did not. I also know that they have parental controls on their iPhones to monitor everything.

My question to you is this: If they're monitoring my conversations with my child, can they log into that child's iCloud account and sent a message from that child's email/icloud account to my phone that to my phone appears like a text message from my child? From everything I'm reading that's entirely possible if not probable. And - if so - how do I prove they're doing it or using iCloud to block contact with my child by monitoring everything through it?

With everything I'm reading here it seems like iCloud and iPhone could be a nightmare to someone who has a controlling ex and children. Anything you could share with me as far as advice or how to prove they're doing this so that I can see my kids would be a blessing. Thank you.

If you are sending your texts from a non iPhone, iCloud is not involved at all.
If you are sending from an iPhone AND you are signed into your iCloud account, it is possible that someone else with your kids' iCloud account info could see those messages - but the kids would also see them.

I got that much. What I'm asking is this: If they are longed into my child's iCloud account and send a message to my phone via email, doesn't it appear to a non iPhone as a text from my child as well if the contact information on my child includes their email? Oh course they can then delete the email so my child is unaware. I understand that texts that I would have sent from a non iPhone won't be seen on iCloud, but they have monitoring software - I think Mobile Spy - on the child's phone already, so they see them regardless.

[quote=Concerned Mom] What I'm asking is this: If they are longed into my child's iCloud account and send a message to my phone via email, doesn't it appear to a non iPhone as a text from my child as well if the contact information on my child includes their email? [/quote]

Your question is confusing as you seem to be mixing email and TXT messaging:
If they send a message to your phone via email, it will appear to a non iPhone as an email in the email inbox.
If they send a message to your phone via SMS TXT, it will appear to a non iPhone as an SMS TXT message.
They cannot send iMessages (iCloud messages) to non-iphones
SMS TXT (Non iCloud) messages do not appear on other devices via iCloud
Email messages sent via the iCloud account will appear in the sent-items of other devices(phones, PC's, Mac's) using that same iCloud account

OK so...my whole family has Icloud but I deleted the account and made my own. Can they see anything now? And can they see what I'm texting? Also...what if I delete everything and then put my Family's account back, does everything that I had go back to them still?

If you change from using their account, to your own account, and they do not have the password, they will be able to see the same thing that I can see (nothing).. If you switch back to their account, there is no crossover or sharing of anything from your account.

Can you access backed up information from the Icloud.com account page. For instance can someone read the backed up what's app messages from my phone?

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