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.


Today I had a friend send me pictures to my email address and I did not get them, but instead they showed up on my wife's phone as text messages. This is a new phone for me and I am overseas my wife is in the states. The texts came from my friends phone, addressed to my email. This guy does not have any of my wife's information nor does he even know her. I am wondering how this happened? Thank you.

Thanks for your help! I'll post back once we resolve the problem to help out future people.

Sounds like she has your iCloud info in her phone OR, maybe you've swapped SIM cards..

She has my old iphone 4s and got a new sim card from at&t. I wiped the phone before she got it to avoid all the doubling of contacts. I'm ok with her seeing the pictures I just don't understand why I didn't get them here to my email address?

have her check the iCloud AND Messaging settings - my money says it has your email there. If that is not the case, if you can replicate the problem, have her take it to the local Apple store, show them and wait while they fix it or hand her a new phone (assuming it's under warranty).

If I have "find my iPhone". on my phone can I track another phone (not an iPhone) a blackberry?

Find My iPhone and iCloud only works on iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Mac .. No Blackberry..

Just "theoretically" speaking, if I was to login into my girlfriend"s iclous using my iPhone (in order to see her messages) is this possible? What do I have to be careful of? I wouldn't want a notification popping up on her phone... Or all my messages syncing with hers...

Why would you want to do this? Seems like an invasion or privacy to me.

After I have backed up my phone from on my PC... How do I look in my pc for the stuff that has been backed up on it???

OK, I'm a little confused. If I have an Iphone and my friend has an iphone and we both have Imessages turned off on our phones, will the text messages from iphone to iphone show up on ipads, computers or other equipment even though icloud is active on these devices?

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If I have an Iphone and my friend has an iphone and we both have Imessages turned off on our phones, will the text messages from iphone to iphone show up on ipads, computers or other equipment even though icloud is active on these devices?[/quote]

Good question that i dont know the answer to for sure, but here is how you can tell:
Send a message to your friend, make sure your friend replies:
If the little txt bubble from your friend is BLUE, then it is an iMessage
If the little txt bubble form your friend is GREEN, then it's a SMS/MMS message

I *THINK* that the iPhones will automatically figure out that you are both on iphones and use the iCloud/iMessage system even if you have not configured/logged-into your iCloud accounts; but if you are not logged in, other devices will not show that conversation.

If the text bubbles are green, then for sure the messages will not show up on any other devices.


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