iPhone FBI iMessage FaceTime Backdoor

Apple’s iMessage encryption promises may have been false

By on August 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM.

Apple’s iMessage encryption promises may have been false

If you listen to Apple’s statements about protecting iMessage and FaceTime communications, you’d think Apple has the best encryption game in town. Not only that, but Apple isn’t playing ball with the government, as it’s looking to protect your data more than it wants to cooperate with intelligence agencies.

But a new report looking into the iPhone’s security measures that are supposed to protect your data suggests that everything we’ve been told about iMessage encryption may have been false in at least one aspect: Your data might only be safe if you’re not a suspect. More →

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iMessage and FaceTime: Two-Factor Authentication

How to make iMessage and FaceTime infinitely more secure

By on February 13, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

How to make iMessage and FaceTime infinitely more secure

Even though Apple already encrypts communication between people who use either its iMessage messaging system or FaceTime video calling app, that’s only going to stop others from tapping into one’s private conversations. But that might not be enough of a protection measure third-parties obtain access to someone’s Apple ID account, which also opens doors to iMessage and FaceTime snooping, among other things. More →

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iMessage, FaceTime and App Store

Why your Apple ID isn’t as safe as Apple says it is

By on January 14, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Why your Apple ID isn’t as safe as Apple says it is

In early September last year, just before Apple launched its new iPhones and iOS operating system, the company was hit by a huge data breach scandal — naked pictures of many celebrities stolen directly from their iCloud photos appeared online — even though iTunes itself was not cracked by hackers, who employed other means to get access to those accounts. Apple still felt like it had to explain its stance on privacy and security in the days and weeks that followed. The company assured users their data is safe from hackers and spy agencies, further urging them to use the improved two-factor authentication features for their Apple IDs. More →

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WhatsApp vs. iMessage vs. FaceTime

Charlie Hebdo fallout: U.K. wants to ban WhatsApp, iMessage and other encrypted chat apps

By on January 13, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Charlie Hebdo fallout: U.K. wants to ban WhatsApp, iMessage and other encrypted chat apps

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, some governments are already planning to take preemptive action against similar future events, by coming up with additional security means that could also further infringe on the privacy of regular users. Such is the case in the U.K., The Independent reports, where Prime Minister David Cameron said he wants to ban securely encrypted communication services including WhatsApp, SnapChat, iMessage and FaceTime should he win the next elections. More →

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iMessage and FaceTime Security

EFF: iMessage and FaceTime are best, most secure, mass-market messaging options

By on November 6, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

EFF: iMessage and FaceTime are best, most secure, mass-market messaging options

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Tuesday released a report on messaging apps security, saying that Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime SMS/instant message and video chat services, respectively, are the most secure mass-market options for consumers, though that doesn’t mean everything is perfect. More →

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iPhone Facetime Camera Update

Apple has plans to revolutionize your iPhone’s front-facing camera

By on August 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

Apple has plans to revolutionize your iPhone’s front-facing camera

When Apple first introduced the front-facing camera on the iPhone, it attempted to do so as elegantly as possible, but one patent hints at a future hardware revision which could hide the camera from view entirely. First noticed by AppleInsider, a patent published on Thursday for an “Electronic Device With Camera Flash Structures” seems to indicate that Apple might place the FaceTime camera inside the speaker port at the top of the phone and add a camera flash. More →

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FaceTime Audio Calling

Here’s how to make calls on your iPhone sound 100 times better for free

By on February 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM.

Here’s how to make calls on your iPhone sound 100 times better for free

In iOS 7, Apple introduced a feature called FaceTime audio that offers sound quality that is far better than anything we had ever experienced before on the iPhone. It makes people’s voices sound more like, well, people’s voices. FaceTime audio works just like regular FaceTime calling; you can make a call to anyone with an iOS device that’s running iOS 7, and it’s completely free because it uses your data plan or Wi-Fi to make calls. More →

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AT&T FaceTime Controversy

FaceTime over 3G now available to all AT&T iPhone users with tiered data plans

By on January 16, 2013 at 2:36 PM.

FaceTime over 3G now available to all AT&T iPhone users with tiered data plans

Rejoice, AT&T (T) iPhone subscribers: You no longer need to have a shared data plan or an LTE-capable iPhone 5 to use FaceTime over the company’s cellular network. AT&T announced on Wednesday that customers who own an HSPA+ compatible iPhone and subscribe to any tiered data plan can now use the carrier’s HSPA+ network to use Apple’s (AAPL) popular video chat application. AT&T says that it has “already begun updating our systems and processes and expect to start rolling the update out to customers on an ongoing basis beginning in the next couple of weeks.” The carrier first announced that iPhone 5 users with tiered data plans would be allowed to use FaceTime over its LTE network this past November. We’ve posted AT&T’s full press release below. More →

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AT&T FaceTime Policy

AT&T iPhone 5 users can now get FaceTime over cellular without a shared data plan

By on November 8, 2012 at 2:54 PM.

AT&T iPhone 5 users can now get FaceTime over cellular without a shared data plan

AT&T (T) has started to appease customers annoyed by its FaceTime policies by announcing that iPhone 5 users will be able to use the video chat application over the carrier’s LTE network even if they don’t have a shared data plan. AT&T isn’t charging customers any extra money to use FaceTime over its LTE network and that company says that it “expects to roll out this functionality to customers over the next eight to ten weeks.” AT&T is still requiring that customers have tiered data plans to use FaceTime over cellular, however, so customers that still have grandfathered unlimited data plans won’t be able to take advantage.

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Angry AT&T customer files formal complaint over FaceTime restrictions

By on October 17, 2012 at 4:07 PM.

Angry AT&T customer files formal complaint over FaceTime restrictions

AT&T Facetime Policy

Many have complained about AT&T’s (T) FaceTime policy, but now one man is standing up to do something about it. Business Insider reports that an architect living in San Francisco, who wishes to remain anonymous, has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission over AT&T’s decision to limit Apple’s (AAPL) FaceTime video calling application over its cellular network to shared data plan subscribers. The man said he was particularly annoyed because he has been paying AT&T for unlimited data use on his smartphone for years and now he’s angry that AT&T won’t let him use FaceTime over 3G or 4G on his unlimited data plan. More →

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FCC chairman declines comment on AT&T’s controversial FaceTime policy

By on September 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM.

FCC chairman declines comment on AT&T’s controversial FaceTime policy

AT&T FaceTime Controversy

Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski on Tuesday told The Verge that AT&T’s (T) policy on Apple’s (AAPL) FaceTime application was a matter of contention but wouldn’t say whether or not it violated the FCC’s net neutrality rules. Genachowski said that he couldn’t comment on how he felt about AT&T’s decision to limit FaceTime over its cellular network to shared data plan subscribers because the case might soon wind up being heard by the FCC and he didn’t want to show any prejudice for or against the wireless carrier. Several open-Internet advocacy groups said earlier this month that they planned to file a formal complaint against AT&T over its FaceTime policy as an alleged violation of net neutrality.

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AT&T’s FaceTime policy could get it slapped with an FCC fine

By on September 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM.

AT&T’s FaceTime policy could get it slapped with an FCC fine

AT&T FaceTime FCC

AT&T’s (T) decision to limit FaceTime over its cellular network to shared data plan subscribers hasn’t been very popular with many iPhone users, but a new report from GigaOM suggests that government regulators might not like it very much either. According to GigaOM, several open-Internet advocacy groups have told AT&T that they intend to file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission alleging that the carrier’s FaceTime policies violate the network neutrality restrictions passed by the FCC back in 2010. More →

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AT&T defends controversial FaceTime policy following widespread backlash

By on August 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM.

AT&T defends controversial FaceTime policy following widespread backlash

AT&T Defends FaceTime Cellular Policy

AT&T (T) is wasting no time hitting back at critics of its decision to limit the use of popular video chat app FaceTime over its cellular network to users who sign up for its shared data plans. In a post on the company’s official public policy blog on Wednesday, AT&T chief privacy officer Bob Quinn sneered at criticisms that restricting FaceTime over cellular to shared data plans violates the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rules for wireless networks. More →

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