6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 19, 2014 4:41 AM by Meg St._Clair
supersmooth1970 Level 1 (0 points)

Is it possible for someone to send remote text messages using my phone number without having my IPhone without my permission or knowledge?


iPhone 5s, iOS 7.0.4
  • nbar Level 5 (6,980 points)

    iMessage allows other devices, Mac computers and iOS devices, to send messages using your phone number. However, 1) the device needs to be signed in to iMessage with your Apple ID 2) iMessage needs to be turned on, on your phone, and 3) you will receive a notification on your phone whenever a device is added.

     

    See what other devices are associated with your apple id @ https://www.icloud.com

     

    Message was edited by: nbar

  • supersmooth1970 Level 1 (0 points)

    Would this be true if the person that had my number was using an Androud, Windows, Blackberry or PC?  I read your response and my mind was temporarily put at ease until I came across and similar thread on this message board where someone had been texting an IPhone users contacts but she had the phone.  To this woman's knowledge no one had gotten a hold of any passwords or user names.  Somehow, the person was able to mirror the information in her phone and send inappropriate texts to her friends?  Do u know of any apps that would allow me to monitor if someone is sending inappropriate texts to my contacts  without having my phone?  I guess

    it was suggested that this woman do a factory reset on her phone and change her Apple ID and password which I will do if I have to but if there is an app that would allow me to monitor if someone is sending remote inappropriate texts without my knowledge,  I think that would be easier.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,906 points)

    If your phone is not jailbroken and no one has your Apple ID and password and they are not a large goverment intelligence organization, they are not monitoring your texts.

     

    There are websites that will allow people to send text messages that appear to come from any number the user inputs.

     

    In all likelihood, in the other post you mentioned, someone got the person's Apple ID and password without her knowledge.

     

    Do you have some reason to believe that someone is i sending text messages that apper to come from you?

  • supersmooth1970 Level 1 (0 points)

    Honestly, no there is not!  There is friendship that I am deathly afraid to lose.  This person means the world to me.  I sent her a couple of texts last week to which she has not responded.  I know a normal person would think she is probably just busy.  However,  I am a bit of conspiracy theorist by nature.  I guess I watch too many crime shows.  They make it seem so easy for criminals to employ tactics to manipulate technology.  I am going to wait about a month to reach out to this person again.  Sorry to waste everyone's time.

  • supersmooth1970 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is it safe to let app developers have access to your contacts when installing apps?  You know how a message may come up and say something like " by installing this app we will be able to access your contacts, location, phone number etc". Have never really worried about it until now.  I had various Android phones prior to getting my IPhone in October.  I know I am probably being uber paranoid but if I lose the aforementioned friendship because her contact information was shared with an app developer from an app that I downloaded,  I would be devastated.  Have you ever heard of anything like that happening?  Perhaps I should ditch smartphones and go back to the old school phones that don't do anything but make calls.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,906 points)

    supersmooth1970 wrote:

     

    Honestly, no there is not!  There is friendship that I am deathly afraid to lose.  This person means the world to me.  I sent her a couple of texts last week to which she has not responded. 

    So the fact that you sent a couple of messages and she hasn't responded has led you to believe that someone else is sending messages that appear to come from you? Even for a conspiracy theorist, that's a bit of a reach. If you're concerned about this person, rather than make baseless assumptions, why not call her? Send her an email? Send her a letter? Call or message a mutual friend?

     

    You're not giving developers access to your contacts, you're giving an app access to your contacts.