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.


1) see this page and see if iCloud and Find My iPhone are configured : how to track an iphone. if your phone is configured for tracking, either disable Find My iPHone or Location Services.
2) See if Find Friends is installed (there will be an icon, if it is) and see if your account has allowed any 'followers" - if you see her account as a follower, remove it and/or uninstall Find My Friends
3) Change your iCloud password. If she knows your iCloud password she would be able to read your iMessages, your contacts info, and your .ME email..

I have an iPhone can my partner use iCloud to look at my texts? How does that work as I didn't know it saved them.

If your partner knows your iCloud login and password, YES.. See the comments in this thread regarding shared iCloud accounts: iCloud tracking

You have mentioned several times you can find an iPhone that you do not own using find my iPhone and iCloud. When I am logged into iCloud and go to find my iPhone it shows me all of my devices but there is no option to find additional devices, how can I do this? Thank you

Using iCloud (Find My iPhone) to track a phone that you do not own may be illegal - but too see how to setup Find My iPhone see this page: Track an iPhone

My question is will my cheating boyfriend know if I am logging into his iCloud and checking his stuff? And if I log into his message from my iPad is there a way he would know. For example the log files in the console n a Mac. Is there a way he can see if his iCloud and I message has been accessed from a device that is not his? That is the more appropriate question.

All moral and legal issues aside, there are no end-user options to show who/what/where an iCloud account has been accessed from. It is possible that some trace is left in the Mac Console that a techy user could find (but i'm not aware of what, if anything is there)

So, for those of us who suspect a cheating spouse, we are limited to sending a request for "Find My Friends" and hoping they'll accept it OR physically getting our hands on their phone and downloading either that app or "Find iPhone"? If we don't have their Apple ID Password (to permit it on their phone) then theres no way this will work, right? If it IS downloaded, it will need to be deleted to avoid suspicion won't it? Can either of those apps be removed from the screen (deleted) and still run in the background to be undetected? Is it possible to do "Find iPhone", install it, give permission, and then delete it and it still work?

First, doing any of these things on a phone that is not yours/you do not own would be a bad thing.

You can put your own iCloud account info in for the Find My iPhone settings, so you can log in and track it from your account. You dont need to download anything to the phone and nothing will be added to the screen if you use Find My iPhone. See this page for info: How to track an iPhone.

If you use Find My Friends, you have to download the app to the phone and the person has to give you permission.

Just to make sure I understand...I take the phone, put in my iCloud login and make sure that the "Find iPhone" setting under the iCloud settings is turned on? (Won't my information be easily seen on their phone?) I thought that I had to download that app? It shows up on my screen like any other app. Are you saying it's a part of iCloud and there's no need to download it? I just need to be able to track them without them thinking anything of what's going on. Thanks for clearing things up for me.

You take your phone that you own and put your iCloud account info in for Find My iPhone..
Yes, your settings can be seen. Alternatively, you can turn off Find My iPhone under the account that is there, add a new account with your settings, and only turn on Find My iPhone
YOU MUST BE CAREFUL - if you screw up, your iCloud email & iMessages may start showing up on that phone.. but, since it's your phone, that should not matter..
The Find My iPhone app is for tracking the phone with the Find My iPhone settings - so it does not need to be downloaded.
Please, read this page, and all the Q&A posted there: Track an iPhone.

Hi I am 17 and my dad wants to track my phone. This friday I have a party, and then an after party which they dont know about, I have told him i am sleeping over a friends house. Is there a way if I involve an itouch to be located at the place I am supposed to be, and I tell someone to activate the icloud there that he thinks I am at my friends house? I know I may sound like an itresponsible teenager but my parents really dont let me go out much and I think its unfair that they find a gps to be neccesary. Thank you very much


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