Dangers of FaceTime That Can Put You in Trouble

Aliu Isa  - Streaming Expert
Last updated: May 18, 2024
Read time: 12 minutes

FaceTime is widely known for the positivity it spreads. But today, you'll learn about the dangers of using FaceTime that can put you in trouble.


FaceTime is a reliable communication software that helps you keep up with your friends, family, and loved ones like they’re physically with you. You can use the tool to show your friends the items you’re checking out in a store, let your distant relatives take a quick glimpse of the lovely places you’re traveling to, and enjoy all your special moments in real time. In short, the positive opportunities of FaceTime are endless. However, FaceTime can also lead to some dangerous consequences affecting your lifestyle. That’s what we will cover in this article.

One of Apple’s best creations is FaceTime, which allows family and friends to chat smoothly on video without installing external software. However, as lovely as this feature is, the dangers of FaceTime that can get you in trouble are increasing daily.


Talking about the pros of this technology, thanks to FaceTime, you could be thousands of miles away from home and still see what your home looks like. The recently released iOS 17 even allows you to record and drop a video for someone when they’re not available. But, like every other software, FaceTime faces threats from cybercriminals intent on extorting unsuspecting people.

So, as much as this software offers an easy way for you and your friends and families to connect visually, you must be aware of the risks. Therefore, this article breaks down the dangers of FaceTime that can get you in trouble on iPhone and other iOS devices.

What are the dangers of using FaceTime?

Dangers of using FaceTime

As highlighted above, FaceTime offers many positives, but it also attracts some negatives. And ironically, these negatives are not limited to those triggered by malicious actors.

This section will explain the various dangers of using FaceTime.

1. Addiction

FaceTime is the most popular video call feature/software among iOS device users. Despite the rise of video call apps and features such as Skype, WhatsApp Video Call, Facebook Messenger Video Call, and more, Apple’s FaceTime has maintained its relevance. This enduring popularity is due to the feature’s ease of use.

However, as with every user-friendly thing, FaceTime induces addiction, especially among young people. The software’s engaging features, like group video call, encourages endless hours of conversations among friends. Young and old people often get so carried away by these conversations that they lose track of time.

This situation may lead to an addiction over time, affecting other aspects of a FaceTime user’s life.

2. Lack of physical interaction

Video calls aim to bring friends and family closer when they are far away from one another. It’s a temporary solution, not a permanent one. Unfortunately, some people use FaceTime like it’s a permanent solution; they use the feature to replace physical interaction.

When you spend hours daily interacting with friends and family on FaceTime, you slowly and unconsciously have less physical interaction. This situation may develop into you developing a sense of insecurity when meeting real people. When you prioritize virtual engagements over physical interactions, there’s something wrong.

3. Distraction from other activities

FaceTime offers an immersive experience that encourages constant interaction and triggers addiction. Once addiction sets in, you’ll spend several hours Facetiming. This addiction distracts you from work and other productive activities requiring your time.

If you start getting less time to work due to uncontrolled use of FaceTime, your work will suffer, and you’ll be less productive. This situation will affect other parts of your life, including those who look up to you to provide. Spending endless hours on FaceTime can also leave you with less time to sleep, causing health problems in the long term.

Also, spending too much time on FaceTime can distract you from physical activities like walking, running, or other exercises critical to your health.

4. Inappropriate behavior on video calls

Gone are the days when iPhones and iPads were so exclusive that only wealthy adults used them. Today, most kids in high school use an iPhone. As you might have guessed, this group loves Facetiming and spends much time with their friends on video calls.

While there’s nothing wrong with teens keeping up with their friends, some kids indulge in inappropriate behavior during these video calls. They make friends with strangers on Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly known as Twitter), and other social media apps in hours or days and start Facetiming.

The danger of this behavior is falling prey to sexual predators who often target teens and encourage them to expose themselves inappropriately. Even teens who make inappropriate video calls with people they trust may be publicly exposed due to a breach of trust, carelessness, or mistakes.

A study found that 22% of teen girls send inappropriate media (photos or videos) of themselves online. In contrast, 18% of boys in the same group do the same. While parents can monitor activities on their kids’ phones, tracking them all is impossible. Therefore, allowing your children to use FaceTime without your permission is unsafe.

Not to forget mentioning that adults can also be victims of inappropriate exposure.

5. Cyberbullying and cyber extortion

As we mentioned in the previous section, unsuspecting FaceTime users can be victims of targeted attacks. If you expose yourself inappropriately to malicious actors on FaceTime, they will take your photos or videos and blackmail you with them. Such actors often demand money in exchange for inappropriate pictures and videos to be deleted.

Unfortunately, some don’t fulfill their promises, and they return to extort their victims for extra money for as long as they wish.

Besides, FaceTime may result in cyberbullying if you or your loved one falls victim to a sadistic person. Such a person may capture photos or videos of your intimate video calls and threaten to circulate them on the internet just to satisfy their sadistic desires. Some sadists even leak the media, causing serious mental health issues for the victim.

6. Threat from hackers

Another danger of FaceTime is the threat from hackers. This software affords couples in trusting, long-distance relationships to have intimate moments. These moments are supposed to be private and unknown to third parties, but there’s a threat of hackers getting through.

Truly, Apple promises that FaceTime is secure and end-to-end encrypted from third parties, including the maker. However, we’ve seen several cases of hackers breaking into supposedly safe systems in the past.

Do you remember when the nudes of celebrities were leaked online after hackers penetrated their iCloud? Although Apple tried to evade responsibility, a mass attack suggests vulnerability in a system. Apple tightened security after that hacking, but there is no full guarantee hackers can’t access FaceTime.

How to secure your loved ones from FaceTime dangers

Now that you know the dangers of FaceTime that can get you in trouble with iPhone 13 and other iOS devices, you can protect yourself and your loved ones by taking precautions.

1. Disable calls from unknown people

The first thing you can do to protect yourself or your loved one from picking up unknown video calls on FaceTime is to disable it. You can disable calls from unknown contacts on your iPhone with these simple steps:

  • OpenSettings” on the target’s phone.
  • Scroll down to the “Phone” menu and tap it.
Disable calls
  • Then, look to the bottom of your screen and find a “Silence Unknown Callers” menu. Tap on it and then toggle it on.
Silence unknown callers
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When you disable calls from unknown numbers, they will be sent to voicemail and displayed on the recent list.

Note: The call silencing feature is available for iPhone users with iOS versions 13 and above.

2. Use secure and private internet connection always

Free public internet networks are often vulnerable to cyberattacks. Using such networks to FaceTime may give hackers a rare opportunity to snoop on your calls. You can avoid this risk using only secure and private home internet networks for FaceTime. You can also use reliable iPhone VPNs to protect your communications.

3. Secure device and control access

If you Facetime with a significant other, there’s a chance you take screenshots or screen recordings during your calls. Ensure that you secure your device with a passcode. Not only will a password secure your device, but it will also control access to your phone’s content and who can make calls with your phone.

4. Enable two-step verification for Apple ID

There’s a possibility of someone Facetiming with your Apple ID and masquerading as you to lure your loved ones into a trap. You can avoid this scenario by enabling a two-step verification for your Apple ID. That means malicious actors can’t access your data with only a passcode.

Are FaceTime calls encrypted?

What is Encryption

FaceTime offers an easy chance to talk with friends, family, and partners and see their faces and what they are up to. In these circumstances, people, especially couples, say and do private things they don’t want others to know about. People who don’t want their activities to leak often prioritize software that encrypts them.

FaceTime is one of the solutions that such people count on because Apple uses high-grade end-to-end encryption to protect users’ personal information and activities. This encryption typically prevents FaceTime activities from leaking to a third party or being intercepted.

Moreover, Apple is renowned for its robust privacy protocols. Although the company has faced a few cybersecurity lapses in the past, it has recovered well and regained the trust of millions of users worldwide.

While using FaceTime, your voice and video are in a language that only your target receiver can decipher. That means third parties can’t decipher your communication. These third parties include Apple, which makes it a policy to keep all communications between only the caller and the recipient. Additionally, Apple doesn’t store calls’ data on its server, ensuring your call is private.

Yet, despite FaceTime’s tight encryption, you shouldn’t be complacent in your online activities. Ensure you don’t give out your personal information carelessly by avoiding clicking suspicious links or downloading unknown files online.

Also, download and install updates whenever they’re released so you can always have the latest security patches with no vulnerabilities.

Can FaceTime be tapped?

The internet is an incredible space to learn and interact, but just like the physical space, it has countless malicious actors looking to hurt users. Internet users, including FaceTime users, are continuously at the risk of attacks by hackers. Thankfully, FaceTime boasts end-to-end encryption to repel unwanted access to your calls.

Apple’s high-grade encryption means that it is almost impossible to tap FaceTime. This encryption has so many security layers that even the most determined hackers can’t manage to penetrate it.

Apple uses the Internet Connectivity Establishment (IEC) to create a peer-to-peer link between devices. Hence, only the sender and receiver can access the data they send to each other. Each call session uses a unique, non-reusable key for the next call to prevent hackers from tracing you.

These security features make FaceTime impossible to tap by Apple, the government, hackers, and other third parties. However, FaceTime can be tapped if Apple removes the safeguards from a user due to a request from the authorities.

Are FaceTime calls private?

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FaceTime has maintained relevance for several years for many reasons, including its effective privacy measures.

First, it uses high-grade end-to-end encryption to ensure your calls stay between you and your intended receiver. That means no one, whether an Apple engineer, a government agent, or a hacker, can listen in on your call. The only people who can have access to your FaceTime calls are people you add to a group chat.

Moreover, Apple’s commitment to user privacy extends to not recording FaceTime conversations or storing any data directly related to your calls.

Although the company says in its FaceTime’s terms of service that it can use some information from the app to improve its products, this information is not tied to your identity or your private calls.

Conclusively, it’s safe to say that FaceTime calls are private, and you can have intimate moments with your partner as long as you take other safety measures not to expose your personal information.

Is FaceTime HIPAA compliant?

FaceTime is designed to be HIPAA compliant due to its end-to-end encryption, which prevents messages from being intercepted. So, your health information cannot be intercepted through FaceTime. However, humans using FaceTime can compromise the compliance level due to their decisions.


When you think about FaceTime, you remember the feature that allows you to be in touch with distant family members or friends. The feature lets you see the smiling face of your distant newborn son, daughter, cousin, niece, nephew, grandson, or granddaughter in real-time. These are some of the positive experiences that have made FaceTime so famous worldwide.

However, people rarely discuss the dangers of FaceTime, which can get you in trouble if you are not careful.

As explained in this article, careless use of FaceTime can lead to addiction, lack of physical interaction, cyberbullying, cyber extortion, blackmail, and unwanted exposure.

Nonetheless, you can protect your children by allowing the use of FaceTime only with your permission. You can also protect yourself or your loved one by disabling unknown calls and not exposing your personal information to unknown parties online. If you prioritize online protection when using FaceTime, you can easily avoid many of its potential risks to a greater extent.


You can prevent these dangers by using FaceTime responsibly and avoiding sharing personal details with unknown users. You should also practice basic internet safety measures.

Apple says FaceTime is secured with tight end-to-end encryption. While end-to-end encryption is often reliable to deny malicious actors access, it is not unbreakable. That means determined hackers may break FaceTime’s encryption with time and resources.

FaceTime is generally safe for couples sharing intimate moments over video calls. However, couples taking screenshots and screen recordings of their calls must avoid exposing their phone to others. 

FaceTime’s robust encryption makes it almost impossible to hack. There’s little possibility of hackers breaking the encryption, listening to your calls, or stealing your data. However, hackers are constantly devising new ways of breaking defenses. Therefore, we advise you to take basic internet safety measures to avoid helping hackers with your personal information to get to you. 

It’s difficult for hacking victims to know they’ve been hacked until they lose access to their data or the hackers threaten them. With FaceTime, it’s also difficult to tell when you’ve been hacked until the hacker informs you of their action. So, one sign confirming that your FaceTime is hacked is getting messages from the hacker. Likewise, having trouble using FaceTime may also be a sign of a hack.

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Aliu Isa

Aliu Isa

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Isa is a Nigeria-born professional writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience under his belt. Having worked with some of the most renowned organizations worldwide, he’s been able to produce and publish hundreds of high-quality articles across a wide range of niches. Over time, Isa has developed an immense interest in digital security and privacy. He has always been a privacy enthusiast, and now, he's giving it all to educate people on privacy, security, and geo-blocking issues around the world.

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