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

You can pretty much do this easily and for free with the iCloud service. See this page and comments: Track an iPhone

what if I used the 'find my iPhone' app yesterday to locate my iPhone, can I go back today and see where it located my iPhone at yesterday?

Find my iPhone shows the current location of the iphone, or the last known location.

If you used the Find my iPhone app is there a way to look at the history of where the iPhone was found at?

Find my iPhone shows the current location of the iphone, or the last known location.

How do you get to the imessages that have not been deleted?

Sign into iCloud with an iOS device using the iCloud account and they will appear in iMessage.

How do you sign on to iCloud on your iOS device?

In settings tap "iCloud", then enter the iCloud ID and password
then in settings tap 'messages' and switch it to 'on'

Is there a way to check old sms or text messages from iCloud?

Only iMessage text messages that have not yet been deleted.

Hi, i have a crazy ex who has recently had access to my phone although i now have it back im extremly uneasy that he may know where i am at all times have access to the messages i send and recieve and even my photos/facebook etc, i am not very tech savvy so i have no idea what is possible, but hearing about this i cloud i am starting to think maybe he could be recieving my txts as i do and also seeing the ones ive sent...... How can i be 100% sure that he can not access any of my phones physical information??? and if he has had prior info how can i now assure he has no further access and is there some kind of lock i can put on my iphone to only allow me to change my account settings etc???/

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