What if someone has been listening to your private conversations and even getting visual of your location through the FaceTime software on your iPhone? A bug that allows people eavesdrop on others via this software on your iPhone has been discovered. To some people sharing sensitive information would be a nightmare.
FaceTime is iOS software that allows video and voice calls to other iOS devices via an internet connection. The worst part of the whole bug thing is that you don’t even need to answer your phone for the eavesdropper to start listening.
Here is how it’s done
Anytime you are trying to reach another iPhone user through the FaceTime application, you will always find the option to add another person if you swipe up from the bottom your iPhone screen. At this point if you enter your own number (as the phone number you want to add to the group call), a group call will start even when the person you are calling has not even answered the phone.
Once this group call is activated, the caller will be able to listen to what is happening on the other side and even get visual using the camera app. This will continue until the call is declined.
Co-founder of Twitter, Dorsey has advised that all iPhone users disable their FaceTime software until the issue if fixed through an iOS update.
As you would normally expect, Apple has released an iOS update the fixes the FaceTime bug. If you are yet to update your iOS device, all you need to do is to charge your device then follow the steps below;
- Go to Settings;
- Choose General;
- Software Update;
- Select Download and install;
And be a good follower.
Any kind of information could be unknowingly sent to someone who has no right to hear it. It could be your next business strategy, family issues or secret hence, the need to keep your most sensitive conversations away from your car and smartphone whenever you can.
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Apart from smartphone bugs, there are many other ways your sensitive information could get into the wrong hands. It may be sending data through a website with an insecure connection, downloading misleading computer software or smartphone app, or even making use of a USB hub at the office.
Sometimes we expose ourselves by downloading a misleading app: applications that promise to keep your smartphone working properly but are actually there to monitor your activities and steal sensitive data such as password, phone numbers and addresses and also read your text messages.
Software developers know a lot about these applications and for this reason Google introduced Play Protect to keep you from downloading or using fake applications developed by hackers.
Recent study also shows that a lot can be learnt about you by simply looking at your friends’ activities on social media. With this information, a scammer may know the sort of story that can easily put you off guard. Protect yourself!