Paranoid Parental Problem

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by mr.steevo, May 30, 2018.

  1. mr.steevo macrumors 65816


    Jul 21, 2004
    I've heard through IT people that there are ways to hack into my children's iPod Touch's camera and mic so that creeps can talk to them and take pictures of them. Is this a razor-blade-in-the-apple parent scare tactic or is there something to this?
  2. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    If you are asking if there are known ways to hack iOS, I’m sure there are. The fbi and nsa probably know of a few.

    If the question is there a reasonable chance a rogue app could hijack the camera and phone, I guess it depends on the app and if the app has permissions to the camera and mic.

    But afaik there are no zero day vulnerabilities to hack iOS in the way you describe.
  3. andyw715 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2013
  4. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    There's some talk about these type of things when it comes to actual computers (running Windows or macOS for example), but not that much when it comes to a mobile OS like iOS that is much more closed off and controlled.
  5. Minorite macrumors regular


    May 8, 2018
    From what I know the chance that Facebook will use micro for target ads is much higher... Imo it's a scary story for parents but if you are nervous about it just set a parental control for AppStore.
  6. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    It's a scare tactic. You have a better chance getting struck by lightning. As a system admin., I can tell you Apple really locks down the devices and you have to knowingly allow an app access to the MIC and Camera. Again, scare tactic.

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