Prevention is better than cure.
A newly-discovered bug in Apple’s popular video and audio call app FaceTime allows the caller to listen in on the receiver’s iPhone, even if that person has not yet picked up the call – meaning that conversations being had prior to pick-up could be spied upon.
According to multiple news reports and users who claim they have experienced the bug, the flaw allows someone who calls another person to hear the audio from the iPhone or Mac of the person they’re calling by adding yourself to the call.
Upon hearing this, Apple has taken Group FaceTime offline in an attempt to address the issue in the interim.
But for those still keen to cover themselves, many have taken to social media to show how easy it is to spy on your contacts.
Step 1. FaceTime your friend
Step 2. Add your own number to the call
Spy away! pic.twitter.com/Tl9AsSP2aZ— Brandon Arvanaghi (@arvanaghi) January 29, 2019
Apple told Buzzfeed that it’s working on a fix for later this week.
But in the meantime, you may want to avoid using FaceTime and disable it completely.
You can do so by going to your iPhone settings, scrolling down or searching for FaceTime and switch the toggle grey.
On MacOs, open the FaceTime app, click “FaceTime” in the menu, and then click “Turn off FaceTime.”