Is iMessage really private?
iMessage is tailor-made for iPhone: texts between two Apple devices with iMessage enabled are always end-to-end encrypted. However, there will be no encryption if an iMessage user sends a text to an Android device.
The FBI document says it can access: No message content. Hash of phone number and email address, if provided by user.
If you sync messages to iCloud Apple can be forced to provide access to your iCloud account, but only for criminal procedures with warrants. However, you can be required to provide the contents of messages under Discovery. For this consult your attorney.
Police are law enforcement agencies that have the right to ask for any data for security purposes. Many people hide their information in terms of photos or text messages from the police. However, police can effortlessly recover deleted Photos/Text/WhatsApp messages and almost everything from iPhone/Android.
"Because iMessage is encrypted end-to-end, we do not have access to the contents of those communications," Apple said. "In some cases, we are able to provide data from server logs that are generated from customers accessing certain apps on their devices."
iMessage Contact Key Verification
Apple pioneered the use of end-to-end encryption in consumer communication services with the launch of iMessage, so that messages could only be read by the sender and recipients. FaceTime has also used encryption since launch to keep conversations private and secure.
Carriers cannot intercept iMessages because they're encrypted and routed over Apple servers—and the same thing applies to Facetime. However, if the government were to go directly to Apple, it may be possible to pressure the company, in secret, to make services like iMessage and Facetime wiretap compliant.
Information accessible include subscriber data, messenger sender-receiver data, device backup, IP address, encryption keys, date/time information, registration time information and user contacts. All but one (IP address) of iMessage can be accessed by the FBI.
All of the providers retained records of the date and time of the text message and the parties to the message for time periods ranging from sixty days to seven years. However, the majority of cellular service providers do not save the content of text messages at all.
All of your deleted text messages can be found in the Messages app. To find your trashed messages, open Messages and tap the Filters option in the top left of your text threads. Here you can filter your text messages by known senders, unread messages and more. However, the option we want is Recently Deleted.
Can anyone see your iMessages?
If you backup or synchronize your phone to iCloud then anybody who has the details for that account, or even has their phone connected to the same account (a family member, for example), could potentially see your personal text messages.
Generally, texts and emails are private. Thus, you don't have a right to look at them without your spouse's consent. Doing so is viewed as an invasion of privacy. It doesn't matter whether you are married, separated or divorced.
In the Messages app , you can delete messages and entire conversations from your device. With Messages in iCloud, anything you delete from iPhone is also deleted from your other Apple devices where Messages in iCloud is turned on. See Use Messages in iCloud.
You can retrieve deleted text messages on your iPhone by restoring them using an iCloud backup. You can also use iTunes or Finder to recover your iPhone's texts if you saved backups to your computer. If all else fails, reach out to your mobile carrier — they may restore deleted messages for you.
No. It will get deleted from all your devices only. Anyone in a group iMessage can add or remove someone from the conversation.
iMessage has been central to Apple's wider security challenges over the last year. Sophisticated (read national security level) cyber attacks have been found exploiting its architecture, and Apple has hardened the platform as a result.
Yes, they can hear and track conversations under certain conditions. If you are being suspected of criminal activity, the police will obtain an order for a wiretap. Since it is considered a huge infringement of an individual's privacy, strict procedures have been set in place for law enforcement officers.
Monitor text messages through iCloud
If you use iOS 12 or a more recent version, you can use Apple's cloud message sync feature. By enabling iCloud syncing, you can access all data from your child's device. Make sure to enable message synching so you can read messages from your child's phone.
iMessage is also end-to-end encrypted, but it backs up messages to iCloud by default, which is why you can iMessage from all your devices. You can turn this feature off, but it's not good to choose an app for sexting that you and your partner need to adjust to work most securely.
|Completely seamless. If the text bubble is blue, it's being sent securely.||If an iMessage doesn't send, the iPhone will send it through SMS as the fallback, potentially allowing it to be sent unencrypted. However, this can be disabled.|
How do I keep my iMessages private?
In the Messages section scroll down to Show Previews. By default this will be set to Always. Tap on that and choose: Never. This will mean keep the alert private even if your iPhone isn't locked.
Step 1: Navigate to Settings. Step 2: Go to Messages. Step 3: Select Notifications. Step 4: Tap Show Previews and then select Never.
- Rename Your Contact. ...
- Turn Off Message Previews. ...
- Hide Alerts for Specific Text Message Threads. ...
- Use iMessage's Invisible Ink. ...
- Lock Third-Party Messaging Apps With Face ID or Touch ID. ...
- Use Screen Time to Lock the Messages App With a Passcode.