Can someone hack my FaceTime? Can someone hear my FaceTime calls? Can a hacker see my FaceTime video?
A recent vulnerability in FaceTime permitted a third-party in hearing your FaceTime call, after it had ended - meaning you still would be transmitting your voice on your iOS device and worse still, have a hacker hearing everything.
How to fix FaceTime audio bug: Update iOS and OS X
Apple has already patched the security flaw. We don't know if the problem will ever reappear, but if you haven't updated your device yet, you're still vulnerable to hackers.
The fix was released on 19 July 2016 by Apple in its iOS 9.3.3 update and OS X El Capitan v10.11.6 and Security Update 2016-004.
Make sure you update to these software versions or above and you'll be safe from hackers snooping on your FaceTime calls after they've ended. To update, navigate on your iOS device to Settings > General > Software Update. If you're on Mac, open the App Store on your Mac and look for the 'Updates' tab at the top of the application.
If there are no updates that are visible, re-check for a software update and also make sure you're on a stable internet connection.
If you don't patch your device running on OS X or iOS 9, then you'll be prone to hackers hearing your calls after they've ended.
This would require a lot of effort from a hacker to be able to hear what you're saying after you've ended the call, but if you were dealing with very sensitive information you could be a wanted target by hackers.
How to fix FaceTime audio bug: How to prevent hackers from listening to your FaceTime calls
If for any reason you can't update or you're very security conscious, then here are a few tips to follow if you use FaceTime:
- Always update your Apple device with the latest software version
- Only use FaceTime with numbers and contacts you recognise
- After your FaceTime has ended turn on Airplane mode for five minutes
- Make a FaceTime call on a secured, encrypted network (not public Wi-Fi)
- Don't use FaceTime to share sensitive information
Let us know in the comments below if you've ever been affected by a vulnerability on your iOS device or Mac.
Also see: How to group video chat on iPad or iPhone.