Apple said no to real time iMessage wiretapping for the government

iPhone Encryption iMessage FaceTime Wiretapping

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.

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Claimed iPhone 6s parts show larger FaceTime camera, Force Touch


Some new photos surfaced this weekend, showing what is said to be the front face of an iPhone 6s. 9to5Mac shares the high resolution images of the claimed component, which appears to offer up insight into two of the unannounced handset’s new features.

The first is a higher resolution FaceTime camera. We’ve been hearing rumors for a while now that the iPhone 6s will feature an improved front-facing camera for taking better selfies, and if legitimate, this part confirms it with a larger FaceTime camera sensor.... Read the rest of this post here

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The next Apple Watch reportedly has a video chat camera

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The first Apple Watch might have only just reached stores, but that isn't stopping rumors about Cupertino's next wearable. Sources for 9to5Mac claim that Apple already has some big plans for its second-generation Watch, and the highlight would be a front camera for video calls -- yes, you'd get to live out your Inspector Gadget dreams and have a face-to-face chat from your wrist. There's a chance this feature could get cut if there's either a change in the roadmap or logistical problems, but it's currently on the cards for a "likely" 2016 debut.

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Two step verification for iMessage and FaceTime

iMessage Two Step

For a while now Apple has had the option of two step security as an additional level of protection for your personal details. Then, last year after those nudes where leaked, they enabled it on iCloud. Logging into, even in a browser, would trigger the verification process and if you didn’t have a device available that was already registered you wouldn’t be getting in. Now, they’ve taken your protection a step further and introduced it to the iMessage and FaceTime services. Some could see this as being a little over protective but, when you consider that people do send those dirty flirt pics, passwords and secure information alike via message; this could only be a good thing.

Tell us your thoughts, do you feel that the added protection is needed for such services?

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  • Apple made it harder for hackers to breach FaceTime and iMessage

    As a means to further secure your digital life, Apple said today that it's adding two-step verification to FaceTime and iMessage. That still leaves the likes of iTunes and the Apple website vulnerable to ne'er-do-wells who want to remotely access your sensitive info (and have your password), of course, but now Cupertino's universal messaging and video chat programs are locked down a bit further. Given the progress that's been made toward adding the second authorization step to the rest of its ecosystem in recent months, it likely won't be too long before those spots are buttoned up too. Any questions? The Apple two-step verification FAQ is only a click away.

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    Apple enables two-step verification for FaceTime and iMessages

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    Apple has enabled two-step verification for its FaceTime and iMessage services, The Guardian reported on Thursday. The move will force users who have the authentication system enabled to input an app-specific password when logging into either of the two services.

    For those unfamiliar with the term, two-step verification is an opt-in system that adds an additional layer of security to Apple ID accounts. It requires users to input authentication codes when logging into iCloud on new devices, the web, and now iMessage and FaceTime.... Read the rest of this post here

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    How to find out how much data your FaceTime calls use

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    Unlimited data plans are a thing of the past, and while some users have been grandfathered into these plans, most of us now have capped data plans, forcing us to be a little more conservative with our data, or at least be more aware of our usage. For the data-conscious people out there, we have a simple tip that will show you a quick and easy way to see how much data specific FaceTime calls use.... Read the rest of this post here

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

    iMessage, FaceTime and App Store

    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.

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    (7) Reasons why FaceTime on your Mac is a big deal

    With Yosemite, Apple updated many of the more common front-facing features that users interact with most commonly. One of the more intriguing updates was to FaceTime.

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

    iMessage and FaceTime Security

    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.

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