An anonymous user listening in on your conversations or even spying on what you are doing right now? Sounds like science-fiction. But Apple’s new Facetime bug allows anyone with an iPhone device to do just that.
Users have recently discovered a bug in FaceTime on devices running on iOS 12.1 and later that could seriously compromise your security without knowing. Another caller could listen to the audio from your phone and potentially gain access to your camera as well.
Someone can gain access to your microphone or camera through the following steps:
- Start a FaceTime video call.
- While the call in still ringing, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and add your own number using the Add Person feature.
- Even if the recipient has not answered the FaceTime call, you may be able to listen into the microphone of your recipient’s iPhone.
- Video security can also be compromised unknowingly if the recipient of the call presses the Power button after they have received the call.
As you can imagine, this bug could pose some serious issues for Apple users who have long depended on Apple’s top-notch security features.
Apple should be working on a solution quickly and is reported to have disabled Group FaceTime until this severe problem is resolved.
To prevent this serious bug from becoming an issue in your private life, the safest thing would be to disable FaceTime altogether while Apple works on a solution. Here are the steps to disable FaceTime:
- Tap on Settings from the home screen.
- Scroll down and select FaceTime from the option available.
- Tap the green button at the top to trigger the switch to the gray off position.
While Apple works on a solution, following these steps will prevent your security from being compromised. Our team is here can advise you to build the safe Android development services or iOS gaming apps.