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

im confused about if this is true. my brother went on icloud from his comp and logged in with my information ... i got no banner/notification. he was on a mac desktop. i have a reg pc and tried it and no notification either. is it only if you use find a friend or just icloud website?

The new iOS 6 login notifications only apply to when a device (iphone, ipad, ipod) log in / use iCloud for the first time or get configured for iMessage or Facetime the first time. There is no notification when someone logs on to the iCloud website.

I will join the many other people asking dumb questions...

Is it possible to share music without an Icloud account? We have 3 ipods, 2 ipods and an Ipad. Id like to share the music with all these devices however like everyone else dont want to recieve messages from my other half and vice versa. Can you explain how!?

Sure, there are at least 2 ways to share music on your devices.

The first way you can do without iCloud. Connect your device to iTunes and sync it. All of the songs in your itunes will be copied to each device.. You can have multiple devices connected/using your iTunes however your device can only be used with one iTunes. i.e.; if your ipod was syncd to your wife's iTunes and you connect it to your iTunes, everything of your wife's will be erased and overwritten with with your iTunes songs.

The second way is by using iTunes Match. Enable iTunes Match on your computer's iTunes and allow it to scan/match/upload all of your music. Then, on each iDevice, under Settings|iTunes & App Store, log in with the iTunes account info you want to share. You can log in with one iTunes account for music, and still stay logged-in with another iCloud account for email, iMessages, etc.

i'm sorry if u have already answered this question but my husband and I share an itunes account and we both updated our iphone with ios6 my husband had already set up his icloud and so i acctivated mine with the same icloud account as his. when a friend text me he then also received the imessage on his phone along with apps that i downloaded. Today i set up my own icloud account and downloaded some apps and he didnt get them does that now mean that he will no longer receive messages that are sent to my iphone using imessage

As long as you have created your own iCloud account and fully/properly configured your phone with it, he will not receive iMessages sent to your iCloud account.
Be sure that you add your iCloud info in the iCloud settings, the Messages settings and the Facetime settings. i

Me and my husband updated our i phones (4s) yesterday. We are on the same account. Since then every text i send, he gets to see and vice versa. I am worried about the i phone tracking thing. Can he see where i am at any given time? Also if i browse the internet and use g mail via the internet, can he see what im doing or what im browsing. Any information on exactly what he can and cant see would be greatly appriciated. Zoe

if you are using the same iCloud account, he can see (either directly on his phone, or via the iCloud website):
All of Your iMessages
Who calls you on Facetime
Your PhotoStream (every new picture you take)
All of your iCloud email
All of your contacts
All of your reminders
All of your calendar entries
What webpage you are currently viewing (via the new shared-tabs feature)
Your current location
What Apps you buy/have bought

It is not a good idea to share an iCloud account. It is a very simple matter to go into your iPhone iCloud settings, click 'sign out', then click "create new account".

If I add my girlfriends (soon to be ex) icloud account to my mac, and she has I06, will she automatically be notified that another device has been added? I can send the apple notification email to junk, but if she gets notifications on desktop, iphone4s, and ipad, then my attempts to catch her cheating will be compromised. Anyway to add her account to my mountain lion macbook without being detected?

[quote=Anonymous Visitor]If I add my girlfriends (soon to be ex) icloud account to my mac, and she has I06, will she automatically be notified that another device has been added? [/quote]
Yes. She will get a pop up notificaiton on every iOS6 or OS X 10.8.2 device using that iCloud account. No way around it.

how long does the notification last pop up wise. I'm thinking if I do it while she's asleep, and if it disappears, then I'm okay, however if it lingers like a banner or something like that then I can't. I know the online notifications are realtime so, I don't know how long they will last on her devices, or if they are time dependent. Will she be able to see the notifications in the morning when she wakes up?

The notification stays on the screen until "OK" is tapped.

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