How to disable FaceTime on iPhone iOS 12

Writer  director Debra Eisenstadt poses for

Writer director Debra Eisenstadt poses for

Following the heated discussion on a potentially disastrous bug, Apple took down its Group FaceTime calls. However, even until then, having FaceTime enabled on your iPhone or iPad poses a serious privacy risk. At the moment, Apple does not have a fix but the company says it is working on the problem and will address it by the end of the week.

The Cupertino, California-based company was not immediately available to comment on the update on its system status page.

After a video of the bug being exploited went viral on social media, Apple-focused news site 9to5Mac broke down the steps necessary to replicate it.

The bug is believed to affect any pair of iOS devices running iOS 12.1 or later.

It is activated when you call someone via FaceTime, swipe up to add another person to the call, and add your own phone number.

APPLE MIGHT BE HOT FOR PRIVACY, but a newly-uncovered FaceTime bug allowed anyone to call an iPhone or Mac and listen in before the other person picks up.

The technique involves using the software's group chat function, apparently confusing the software into activating the target's microphone, even if the call had not been accepted.

Keep the peace and ward off would-be spies by learning how to turn off or otherwise disable FaceTime on iPhone.

It's an unusual misstep for a company that prides itself on its strong privacy safeguards. If the recipient of the call hits the right side button or the volume button to ignore the call, video from their iPhone will be broadcast back to you. This essentially turned any device with Group FaceTime - include iPhones, iPads and Macs - into a listening device.

Users can disable FaceTime by going into Settings, navigating to the FaceTime section, and toggling off the green button at the top of the screen.

This is why you should consider disabling it until Apple gets around to rolling out the software update with the recommended fix.

Recommended News

  • Australian Open Day Ten Highlights: Pliskova ends William's run

    Australian Open Day Ten Highlights: Pliskova ends William's run

    But Williams lost six successive games and went down 4-6, 6-4, 5-7 in two hours and 10 minutes. Serena played her usual style of dominating tennis and badgered Pliskova to go up 5-1.
    Expanding Abortion Bill Passes in NY Legislature

    Expanding Abortion Bill Passes in NY Legislature

    Previously, abortion after 24 weeks was a felony under the state's criminal code unless the woman's life was in danger. Let us all pray for the conversion of heart for those who celebrate this tragic moment in the history of our state.
    North Carolina authorities say missing boy found alive in good health

    North Carolina authorities say missing boy found alive in good health

    Thursday to continue looking for Casey, but only professionals were used because of the unsafe weather conditions, officials said. The characteristics of the area created visual problems for both the people searching on the ground and by the air.
  • DeChambeau grabs narrow lead in Dubai

    DeChambeau grabs narrow lead in Dubai

    He is the highest-ranked player in the field and is looking to win for the first time outside the PGA Tour or Web.com Tour. Unfortunately, again, I just didn't have the right sensations and proprioception over shots.
    United States  ramps up push for change in Venezuela

    United States ramps up push for change in Venezuela

    Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused the United States of attempting to orchestrate a "shameless, obvious" coup. He also spoke by phone with Guaido, the leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress.
    Senate intel panel subpoenas former Trump lawyer Cohen, says Cohen adviser

    Senate intel panel subpoenas former Trump lawyer Cohen, says Cohen adviser

    Committee chair Elijah Cummings could subpoena Cohen to appear, and CNN reports Democrats are considering that option. Cohen's notice postponing his voluntary appearance in an open hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Reform".
  • Mueller tells acting attorney general that the probe ‘close to being completed’

    Mueller tells acting attorney general that the probe ‘close to being completed’

    Without elaborating, Mr Whitaker said: "I am comfortable that the decisions that were made are going to be reviewed". The Senate Judiciary Committee is prepared to vote on Barr's nomination to be attorney general this week or next.
    Australian Open women's final 2019

    Australian Open women's final 2019

    Coming into Saturday's clash, Kvitova had lost just seven out of 33 career finals and was unbeaten in her last eight. Now on a 14-match win streak at the Grand Slams, some of the greats of the game lauded her achievements.
    Russian mercenaries reportedly in Venezuela to protect Maduro

    Russian mercenaries reportedly in Venezuela to protect Maduro

    The dictator is still recognized as Venezuela's president by the nations of Russia , China , Iran, Syria, Cuba, and Turkey. Maduro told Putin his assessment of the situation in Venezuela and thanked the Russian leader for his stance.
  • Manchester City rout Burnley in FA Cup

    Manchester City rout Burnley in FA Cup

    But that consistency, every three days for 11 months during 10 years, that's what I respect and admire the most. City and Liverpool appear to be the only two sides vying for the Premier League title this season.
    Day of advocacy held at the Capitol for Alzheimer's and dementia

    Day of advocacy held at the Capitol for Alzheimer's and dementia

    Researchers injected the hippocampi of mice with clumps of tau and then kept the mice awake for long periods of times. People with Lewy body dementia and Huntington's disease tend to have high levels of the protein in the blood.
    Facebook plans to ‘integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger' together

    Facebook plans to ‘integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger' together

    For one, Facebook has already been under fire for sharing user data across its apps, particularly when it acquired WhatsApp. In 2017, WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton left Facebook , later saying, "I sold my users' privacy to a larger benefit".

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.