Apple has refused a request from the Department of Justice for real-time iMessage wiretapping, a new report says, apparently suggesting that Apple could do it if it wanted to. A recent security report claimed that while iMessage (or FaceTime) doesn’t have a backdoor for the government, the end-to-end encrypted service is built in such a way that Apple could, if it wanted to, offer real-time access to messages and chats to a third-party – namely a spy agency working with a warrant – belonging to a suspect. More →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →