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.

Comments

If you have the location-notifications active (settings|location services|Find My iPhone|Status Bar Icon), the best you would see is a tiny arrow-looking icon up near your clock.. Otherwise, you would not know.. If you are unsure if he has your iCloud password, change it.

If I delete my iCloud account on my phone and log into another iCloud account will text messages appear on my phone from the second iCloud account?

you will see iMessages (not SMS text messages) for whatever icloud account you are logged-in with.

Hi I was wondering if I have an iPhone and an I cloud account on my iPhone can I log out of my account on my phone and log onto someone else's but not loose my stuff nor my stuff go to the other phone I logged into off my phone and once done log back into my account for iCloud and everything be there that was on my phone before? Thanks!

I believe that since everything is 'in the cloud', you can easily change between iCloud accounts. I think you turn off or delete an iCloud account it asks if you want to delete the local copy of your data (email, calendar, etc) - you have to be careful that you select the right choice (after reading what the warning tells you) to avoid duplicate entries and/or copying entries between iCloud accounts.

hi please help me, i used find my iphone and it brought up my husbands iphone at an address a few miles away from where he should have been (he works at sea and is away for weeks at a time) i used the ais tracker to determine what time his boat reached the port and his boat should have been passing near the address find my iphone gave me at roughly the same time) is it possible the iphone tracker could have got confused with being at sea and picked up an address nearby or is my husband lying?? thankyou xx

I lost my phone yesterday, I don't have an icloud account.. so is there ANY other way I could try and track where my phone is? PLEASE HELP!! I'm going around in circles!

Have a read thru of this page with questions and answers about iCloud and iPHone tracking: http://www.grownupgeek.com/track-your-iphone-if-it-is-lost

can icloud for one device be accessed on a computer linked to another device both iphones with completely different apple ids. to check content on the first device without syncing all the data from the second device and the computer? Also if it is a shared or public computer? What i am essentially asking is can the contacts an content of the first device be viewed but without sharing data with this device?

I can't really follow the first part of your question - but, if you configure iCloud on two devices, you will see/share those items (contacts, iMessages, email, etc).. So, no, you can't simply 'remotly view' stuff on one iPhone without actually having that same 'stuff' configured on the other iphone.
If you access the information via the iCloud website, the information is not shared on the computer you access it from. However, the iCloud website does not give you access to iMessages - only Contacts, Calendar, email and Find My iPhone.

Can you please recommend effective software that would enable me to track a 4s (emails, messages, gps....)?

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