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Security Warning

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I recently became aware that the "Find my iPhone" App could be used to find precisely where you are. If some one has the App and your Apple Identity they can find your whereabouts and even the state of your battery! I presume that if you power down the phone by, holding down the off button at the top of the phone then swiping across the screen, that this will make the phone invisible to anyone searching. I will certainly power mine off from now on.

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Strange, when I tried that app on my kids iPhones all it kept giving me was the location of my own iPhone…which I was using. 

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Strange, when I tried that app on my kids iPhones all it kept giving me was the location of my own iPhone…which I was using. 

All the more reason to use an old basic handset for punting. None of these fancy modern gadgets for the "dedicated follower of punting"!

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I recently became aware that the "Find my iPhone" App could be used to find precisely where you are. .........and even the state of your battery! .....

I don't see the issue here as I have explained (to my wife) that my "equipment "has a mind of its own and she accepts that it sees escorts when I am not with it. The fact that she can also determine its battery life is however very troubling.

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Powering your phone off will still give off the latest location when it was still connected to the internet and also tells when you were last online. They don't even need the app to do it, there is a portal such as icloud.com which can accomplish the same thing.

 

To disable "Find My iPhone":

 

- Go to the "Settings" app.

- Go to "iCloud"

- Disable "Find My iPhone"

- You're done!

 

Or if you prefer to be super stealthy with your iPhone

 

- Go to the "Settings" app.

- Go to "Privacy"

- Go to "Location Services"

- Disable "Location Services"

- You're done! But won't be able to use location-based map such as "Maps" or "Google Maps" unless you tick it back on.

You can select which app can use your GPS which increases your privacy and also saves the battery life, while still having useful apps!

 

I keep mine on as I don't have a security issue and the function is very useful for recovering the devices when I might have forgotten them as I know where they are in real-time!

Won't be much useful in case of theft though as those criminals are very IT savvy and disable your device.

 

WW

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I think you will find that the "find a phone" apps are rubbish, free and paid ones. I downloaded and paid for several in the hope of keeping a track on my teenage son during a wayward year and every app failed miserably. Every single one just told me the location of my own iPhone even though I put my sons phone number in to track. Utter rubbish they are. I think the best security move would be to disable the geotags, they will get you every time. I ended up tweeting pictures of the mke girls from my home address once upon a time when I had just bought my iPhone, if someone hadn't let me know then everyone would have known my bloody street!!

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I think you will find that the "find a phone" apps are rubbish, free and paid ones. I downloaded and paid for several in the hope of keeping a track on my teenage son during a wayward year and every app failed miserably. Every single one just told me the location of my own iPhone even though I put my sons phone number in to track. Utter rubbish they are. I think the best security move would be to disable the geotags, they will get you every time. I ended up tweeting pictures of the mke girls from my home address once upon a time when I had just bought my iPhone, if someone hadn't let me know then everyone would have known my bloody street!!

I don't think "Find My iPhone" is based on a phone number but the iCloud (Apple) account (email address) that the phone is signed into. To trace a phone you need to sign into that phones email account otherwise it will just do what it is supposed to do and trace (the one it is signed in for) the phone that just happens to be in your pocket. You are traceable via the GPS and triangulation of local routers not cell towers. (Only the police and GCHQ can get a warrant for that.) The phone company always knows where you are as does Visa/Amex/Oyster/Seasons Ticket-no doubt future banknotes will be GPS enabled.

 

However I am sure that your son knew exactly where you were at all times by using  the technology correctly. In fact there is a good chance ( as a self respecting teenager) he set it all up for you in the first place! :D

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I have find my iPhone turned off but my OH hasn't got a clue what my iTunes password is anyway.

There are many iPhone Apps that can delete metadata before posting photos online. I use Exif Wizard Pro for this.

DG

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