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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iMessage Spammer How To Stop

How to stop all of that annoying iMessage spam

By on August 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

How to stop all of that annoying iMessage spam

Apple’s iOS and OS X messaging product iMessage is used by millions upon millions of people around the world, and for the most part, it’s a great service. iMessage includes none of the bells and whistles found in other popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Kik, Line and BBM, but Apple did a great job of providing just enough differentiation that users feel even more locked into the iOS ecosystem.

Here’s a perfect example from my own experience: More →

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BBM Vs iMessage

BlackBerry lists 5 reasons why BBM is better than iMessage

By on August 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

BlackBerry lists 5 reasons why BBM is better than iMessage

BlackBerry might be struggling to regain its footing in the mobile market right now, but it still has a few strengths that outshine some rivals in key areas. And according to BlackBerry, one of those strengths is the BBM cross-platform messaging app, which apparently tops Apple’s popular iMessage service in a number of ways.

Now, in a new post on BlackBerry’s blog, the company has listed five ways that its BBM product is better than iMessage, and they all focus on BBM’s ability to avoid the huge number of spam attacks that are currently plaguing iPhone and iPad users. More →

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Yosemite iMessage Screen Sharing

Apple’s iMessage is about to become even cooler once Yosemite arrives

By on August 20, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Apple’s iMessage is about to become even cooler once Yosemite arrives

Apple’s cross-platform chatting application is about to get even better once OS X Yosemite launches, as the iMessage desktop version will receive a handy screen sharing feature akin to the one that’s already available in the old iChat Mac application. 9to5Mac has found the new functionality enabled in the latest Yosemite beta release (Developer Preview 6), which was seeded to developers earlier this week. More →

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Apple iMessage Android Bug

Apple’s iMessage problem is worse than we thought

By on May 22, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Apple’s iMessage problem is worse than we thought

Apple has a lot of very unhappy former iPhone users on its hands and it doesn’t look like the problem is getting fixed anytime soon. For those of you who haven’t heard, there’s a major bug in Apple’s iMessage software that will prevent you from receiving text messages from other iPhone users if you’ve switched to a phone that runs on a rival operating system. The problem arises when people switch from the iPhone to Android or Windows Phone without changing their phone number — apparently, Apple keeps that number in its data base and still has it marked as belonging to an iPhone user. This means that any text messages sent through iPhones to that number get stuck in Apple’s cloud and aren’t pushed out to smartphones that run on a different OS. More →

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Fix iMessage

How to avoid the annoying SMS bug plaguing people who switch from iPhone to Android

By on May 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM.

How to avoid the annoying SMS bug plaguing people who switch from iPhone to Android

Thanks to an ongoing issue with the way Apple built its iMessage platform, users who switch away from an iPhone to an Android phone or any other cell phone are faced with a huge problem: once they bail on the iPhone, they often can’t receive text messages from contacts who are still using iPhones. This is because Apple’s system still sees them as iMessage users, and it tries to deliver messages sent using Apple’s Messages app as iMessages. To make matters even worse, the iPhone users who send those messages see their status as “delivered” even though they are not being received.

Thankfully, there are ways to avoid this annoying bug if you’re planning to make the switch from iOS to another platform. More →

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Accidental Apple iMessage Texts

Apple has figured out how to make embarrassing misdirected texts go away

By on May 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Apple has figured out how to make embarrassing misdirected texts go away

One of the problems with Apple’s popular iMessage instant messaging/SMS system – other than being almost impossible to ditch in some cases – is the fact that users who text a lot with many other people using it may often send misdirected, and sometimes embarrassing, messages to other users or groups than they’d intended. Apple is apparently aware this may be a problem to some users, and has figured out a way to make it go away, AppleInsider reports. More →

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