Apple FaceTime Bug Lets Users Listen in on Others
- Author: Latoya Cobb Jan 30, 2019,
Jan 30, 2019, 0:22
If you keep it active, just be aware that incoming callers may be able to listen and/or view you from your iPhone.
"Now would be a good time to disable FaceTime on everything".
A new FaceTime bug can allow people to listen in to iPhone and Mac users.
Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks about group FaceTime during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, June 4, 2018, in San Jose, Calif.
The bug is believed to affect any pair of iOS devices running iOS 12.1 or later.
If the caller then enters their own number as that of the added caller, a group call begins even though the person being called hasn't even answered.
Apple has also recently been highlighting its credentials as a company that protects user privacy, using a large billboard overlooking the CES technology trade show in Las Vegas last month to declare "what happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone". Mashable discovered that it also let callers see through the recipient's FaceTime (front-facing) camera. "The FaceTime bug is an egregious breach of privacy", Cuomo said in a statement, the New York Post reported. We've all said/done silly things when waiting for someone to pick up, so to avoid any embarrassing mishaps, here's how you can turn it off.
In addition to turning off the affected FaceTime feature, Apple (aapl) said this week that it's working on a software update that will fix the bug.
My family and I are running Apple iOS 12.1.3 on our iPhone XS and iPhone 7 devices.
Alternatively on an iPhone or iPad select "Settings", then "FaceTime" after which you can turn off the green toggle at the top of the screen.
After that, she tried contacting Apple to warn the company about the issue. Then go to the menu bar in the upper right hand corner, click FaceTime Preferences Sign out.