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.


Okay so my spouse and i share the same icloud therefore anything i download on my phone, the other phone receives correct? In that case, is this how i am being tracked? If so, will simply disabling the find my phone feature disable the capability of tracking? or can it still be tracked using the websites? my spouse knows the websites and passwords as i do not. Is it at all possible to delete my cloud, but in a way that i may keep all of my files: music, contacts, reminders apps ect?

[quote=Anonymous Visitor]Okay so my spouse and i share the same icloud therefore anything i download on my phone, the other phone receives correct? [/quote]
Incorrect: the other would only recieve (assuming it is setup) iMessages, emails, and contacts.
if he shares your icloud, or just knows your login info, he can track your phone from a computer or from his iphone. There are several ways you can decativate tracking without losing your contacts, music, etc. Read thru this page : how to disable iCloud tracking

I have 2 iphone 4s on my account and lost one. How can i track it threw my phone?

can I recover a deleted contact number of shared I-Cloud? or find out the last added contact to the same list?

Can you access someone else's iPhone on your iPhone through iCloud if you have their user name and password?

you can't access other people's iPhone with iCloud.

how much is icloud cost

Hi, I bought an iphone 4s for my daughter I forgot to turn on photo stream. She is away now, how can I enable photo stream remotely. I there a way I can enable it through the iCloud control panel?

Photostream (or any iCloud services) can't be enabled remotely.

I'm sorry but I am horrible with technology. How I can restore txt from the back up files from my iphone or my pc?

[quote=Anonymous Visitor]I'm sorry but I am horrible with technology.[/quote]
Not a valid excuse!! this is not about 'technology' - it's about reading the book/online documentation for your device and knowing what it can do/how to do it! (jumps off soapbox)..
The exact steps will vary, based on what version of iTunes you have and the version of iOS on your iphone, and whether you are on a Mac or PC - but it goes basically like this:

If you backup using iTunes (default, backs up automatically when you plug it in)

Plug your iPhone into the computer with iTunes that you use
Click the picture of your device on the left-column
On the middle screen, make sure the "summary" tab is clicked at the top, then click "restore" in the middle of the screen
*READ* and follow the prompts

If you backed up using iCloud (you will know because you would have had to configure/set it up):
Reset/wipe your device in settings (you better be SURE you backed it up!)
On restart, you will be given the option to restore via iCloud - read and follow the prompts

For more info see these pages: How to backup and restore iPhone and More reading on backing up iPhone

If you get stuck or dont understand something, feel free to post a new question here: ask a question about iPhones.

it's not "technical"! so dont be afraid! - read, ask, do :)


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