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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Hilarious iPhone iMessage Break-Up Text

11-Year-Old Sends Ultimate Break-Up iMessage, and We Can’t Stop Laughing

By on July 3, 2015 at 9:35 AM.

11-Year-Old Sends Ultimate Break-Up iMessage, and We Can’t Stop Laughing

What do you do when you’re an 11-year-old girl and you hear that your boyfriend – let’s call him Joey – cheated on you with this other girl – let’s refer to her as Natalie – by going to the park with her behind your back? Naturally, you use your iPhone and send the best break-up iMessage ever. And you get bonus points when the message goes viral on the Internet thanks to your siblings, who are already on Twitter. More →

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Apple iMessage Crashing Bug Update

Apple fixed the iMessage bug that crashes your iPhone in the latest iOS 8.4 beta

By on June 10, 2015 at 4:52 PM.

Apple fixed the iMessage bug that crashes your iPhone in the latest iOS 8.4 beta

A couple of weeks ago, iPhone owners the world over started receiving odd text messages from their mischievous friends — texts which promptly shut down their devices. This bizarre bug had something to do with how banner notifications process Unicode text, which is what appears in the odd string of text.

Apple provided a workaround shortly after the bug was reported, but today we found out that the official fix has been included in iOS 8.4 beta 4.

More →

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iPhone iMessage Crashing Bug Fix

Apple just told us all how to fix the crazy iPhone-crashing iMessage bug

By on May 29, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Apple just told us all how to fix the crazy iPhone-crashing iMessage bug

A few days ago, a critical iOS bug capable of crashing and rebooting iPhones with a simple message was discovered. Apple didn’t take long to acknowledge the issue, and not the company has shared a temporary fix that should help affected users get their iPhones back. More →

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iMessage Vs BBM

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

By on May 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM.

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

True story: a little over a year ago, a friend of mine asked me to help him pick out an Android phone because he was tired of his iPhone. For a few hours spread out over the course of a week, we chatted off and on about what he didn’t like about the iPhone and what he was looking for in a new phone. We finally landed on the HTC One, and he went out and bought one the day his contract was up. But then just three days later, he switched back to his iPhone.

“I can’t live life as a green bubble,” he told me.

There is indeed something addictive about those little blue bubbles. But truth be told, iMessage is hardly a full-featured messaging platform. Its feature set is barebones at best, and now there’s a new feature in the BBM for iOS beta app that iMessage users will be jealous of. 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 vs. Android

Is this Apple’s secret weapon that could force Android users to buy an iPhone?

By on January 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

Is this Apple’s secret weapon that could force Android users to buy an iPhone?

There are many reasons why Android users switch to iPhone, and vice-versa, but Apple may have a secret (or not-so-secret) weapon that could pressure some Android fans to considering a move to the other side. No, it’s not Apple Pay, an exclusive iPhone 6 feature that’s heavily marketed by various banks in the U.S., further helping Apple market its 2014 iPhones. It’s actually a stock iOS app that has been hiding in plain sight for years. 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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Read Receipts: How to Turn Off

How to stop your friends from seeing when you read their Facebook and WhatsApp messages

By on November 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

How to stop your friends from seeing when you read their Facebook and WhatsApp messages

Texting apps on smartphones are very popular with users, and third-party social apps with instant messaging features are gaining ground as well. But most of them also come with one annoying feature, at list for some people, that lets senders know the recipient has read the message. The “read receipts” feature can be turned off on most popular instant messaging apps, though not on all of them, with Facebook being one such example. More →

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iMessage on iPhone: Apple Online

Apple just made it much easier to switch from the iPhone to Android

By on November 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM.

Apple just made it much easier to switch from the iPhone to Android

One of the problems that may be affecting certain smartphone users who want to switch from iPhone to Android is iMessage, as some people don’t know how to turn the messaging app off. In such a case, the app could remain active on an iPhone and not send incoming text messages to devices that run on Android or other platforms. But Apple has just launched an online tool to fix this potentially annoying problem. 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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