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.


If I sign into my husbands iCloud account on my iPhone and opt not to merge contacts I have 4 questions;
1. Will I only receive & see his new iMessages and not any messages he has sent/recieved prior to me signing in?
2. Will any iMessages I send from my iphone now show as being sent from my husband?
3. Will he see any messages I send while logged in as him?
4. Is there any way he would know I have done this?

1) You may see some older imessages. Since i upgraded to iOS6 things have changed and now i'm not clear on what/how old of messages are shared
2) When you setup iMessage you can change the "caller ID" to your phone's phone number, your iCloud email, or any other email address you have added to your account. By default i think it will display your phone
3) Yes, all of them
4) As of iOS6, when you add a new device to the icloud account (ie, when you sign in for the first time on your iphone), all other devices on the account (his iPhone) will get a pop-up message saying "your wife's phone was just added to your icloud account" (or something to that effect)
5 - Merging contacts has nothing to do with any of this, other than possibly giving away your identity when he suddenly sees all of your friends in his contacts list.

Thanks that all makes perfect sense I just have a couple more questions for you...
1. While I'm logged into his iCloud account on my phone you say he will see all messages I send but will he see all text messages sent to me or will they just get sent via mms because my iCloud is not turned on and therefore he can't see them??
2. I have ios6 on my iPhone but I don't think he has so in that case if I log into his iCloud on my phone will he still get an alert on his ios5 version that his wife has added new device to his iCloud Acc??

1) Only iMesssages are shared among devices via iCloud. If iCloud is turned off you cannot send iMessages, therefore, he would not see any
2) As far as i am aware, the log-in alerts are new to iOS6, but I do not know this for sure.

You say that u can only send iMessages if iCloud is turned on. Well mine is off but my iMessages are still rolling in and out.????????

Check Settings|Messages - is iMessage ON or OFF ?

I know, this has been asked a dozen times but I'm still confused.

I'm trying to find a number from an iMessage i sent last month. I deleted the text thinking I could find it on my data from my phone provider, until I realized of course, it was an iMessage. I need the number so I need to see my iMessages but even after downloading iCloud Control Panel and going to iCloud.com I cannot find where to see iMessages.

I'm using a PC so all the MAC instructions do not work.

Can you help?

1) The ONLY place you can see an iMessage, is in the iMessages app
2) The iMessages app ONLY runs on: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Macs
3) The iMessages app ONLY shows messages that have not been deleted - once you delete an iMessage it is... wait for it... deleted...

So.. You don't have many options - but one option you do have, is IF you have a backup of your iphone that was made while that imessage was there. Backups are made in one of three ways:
1) you plug the iphone into iTunes (default)
2) if you took the steps to configure wireless backups, it is backed up when the phone is plugged in to a power source AND your computer with iTunes is on and iTunes is open
3) if you took the steps to configure iCloud backups, it is backed up (some random time) when your phone is plugged in to a power source, connected to WiFi and the iphone is locked

So, if the iMessage in question was on the phone when one of the 3 backup scenarios above was true, you could restore your iPhone to that backup and the iMessage would be there.

PS - if it wasnt an iMessage, and was a regular SMS TXT message, you would have just as difficult (or more difficult) of a time trying to retrieve it.

Thank you. I think all the talk of recovering was what was confusing me between iMessage app and iCloud. I should be able to recover it that way.

Can I view someone else's IMessages if I know the apple I'd and password? If so how?

An iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad or Mac configured with an iCloud account, will recieve all iMessages for that iCloud account.. To configure iCloud on an iDevice, tap Settings, then iCloud, and enter the iCloud account info, then, tap Settings, Messages, and make sure Messages is ON. On a Mac go into System Preferences, click iCloud, and click "sign in", then open the Messages program, select the Preferences menu, click Accounts, and confirm the iCloud account info is there (should already be).

Thank you ever-so much done that , but where do I see there iMessages? Will they come up in my normal message app ?


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