Are you sitting down? Okay, good. We’ve got a bit of a bombshell for you: Apple has your call history. Um, yep. If you’re using an iPhone, there is a fairly good chance that a log of all the calls you’ve recently made is sitting in Apple data storage right now. Eeeeeeeeek!!!
Basically, if you’ve got iCloud enabled on your phone, the service is backing up your files without you even asking or knowing — which is a good thing when it comes to pictures on your phone that you want to access later while clearing room from your phone. Storing your personal call log without your knowledge? Not so cool. And it’s not just phone calls that Apple knows. It also has a log of calls you’ve made with FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype and Viber. The data stays stored for up to four months. And Apple is doing the same thing with your iMessages. The company says it’s so you can access all of your information easily across multiple devices, but it also puts you at greater risk for a dangerous hack.
The only way out of this one is turning off iCloud, if you already have it activated. Apple recommends putting a two-step authentication for your Apple ID so hackers will have a harder time getting into your Cloud account. We guess it always pays to read the fine print…
How protective are you of your call history? Let us know @BritandCo!
(h/t The Intercept; photo via Westend61/Getty)