9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 20, 2012 7:38 PM by randers4
Indelible81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I had my iphone password stolen (by somebody who was living with me) and my iphone data backed up onto their computer without my knowledge. This includes my email account which has confidential information in it.

 

My question is - If they were to sync a blank Iphone to their itunes would they have access to all my data? When they try to sync that data with the iphone would iphone ask of them to go through the process of setting the email account first and then sync the emails or just sync it without asking for email pwds?

 

Is there a way to stop that given it has been a month? ( I know as I said I wasn't aware till late)...

 

Please suggest whats the best I can do.

 

Thanks


iPhone 4, iOS 5.1
  • 1. Re: Iphone4 email back up - Data theft
    ED3K Level 4 Level 4 (1,760 points)

    Data theft is illegal. You could always sue them for all their worth.

     

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  • 2. Re: Iphone4 email back up - Data theft
    Indelible81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wish I could do that. The woman was my wife and she has left the country. (I know Jason Bourne **** right). Went to police, they didn't help, don't want to hire a solicitor as she has already left the country so no real point.

     

    I guess, if I know that when she tries to sync my emails with a fresh new iphone, it would that ask for her to set up the account first I'd be a relieved man.

  • 3. Re: Iphone4 email back up - Data theft
    randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (57,240 points)

    Email is not contained in the iPhone backup.  Restoring to the backup will restore the email accounts but not the email messages themselves.  Also, unless the backup was encrypted, the keychain (which includes the passwords) will not be restored to a new device (it could only be restored to the same device).  Besides, you can also go change the passwords on your email accounts now and she wouldn't have the new passwords to download any email. 

     

    Copied from http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4946:

     

    "Keychain (this includes email account passwords, Wi-Fi passwords, and passwords you enter into websites and some other applications. If you encrypt the backup with iOS 4 and later, you can transfer the keychain information to the new device. With an unencrypted backup, you can restore the keychain only to the same iOS device. If you are restoring to a new device with an unencrypted backup, you will need to enter these passwords again.)"

  • 4. Re: Iphone4 email back up - Data theft
    Indelible81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The backup wasn't encrypted, I know that bit.

     

    Still unsure what this means:

    Restoring to the backup will restore the email accounts but not the email messages themselves.

    Could you perhaps simplify it.

     

    Thank you soo much mate

  • 5. Re: Iphone4 email back up - Data theft
    randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (57,240 points)

    The email account settings will be restored to the phone, but when Mail is opened on the phone, the inbox and other folders will be empty.  In other words, there won't be any email messages on the phone, only the email accounts in Settings>Mail,Contacts,Calendars.  And based on what you said, the password fields in these account settings will also be empty so they can't download anything until the password is re-entered. 

  • 6. Re: Iphone4 email back up - Data theft
    Indelible81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Phewww..... Thanks a lot.

  • 7. Re: Iphone4 email back up - Data theft
    randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (57,240 points)

    You're welcome.  Just so you can sleep at night, it would still be a good precaution to change the passwords on your email accounts.

  • 8. Re: Iphone4 email back up - Data theft
    Indelible81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    O yes... I did that the moment I realised this has happened. Thanks for the concern buddy..

    Appreciated

     

    I think another thing would be (just realised); when I changed my pwd on my computer and went back to my own phone it wouldn't let me into my email account and asked for the new pwd. So that (simple thing) would also apply to this scenario..

     

    Once again... Thanks

  • 9. Re: Iphone4 email back up - Data theft
    randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (57,240 points)

    You're welcoeme.