Is Facetime Secure?

Facetime is a cross platform Instant Messaging software designed by Apple to be used in its devices such as iPhone, iPad and also its iMac notebook. It is designed in such a way that it seems to be a seamless connection between the various platforms and a simple means of communication. Due to the easiness of using Facetime, many Apple users have used Facetime for some private and also sometimes confidential conversation. Some therapists also conduct their close session with their patients via Facetime. However, how secure is Facetime? Can a message or video call be intercepted? Before we try to answer this, let’s take a look at the technology behind Facetime application.

Facetime basically are a closed services built behind an open standards. It uses Real Time Protocol (RTP), H264, a very common video standard and AAC for video streaming. AAC stands for Advanced Audio Coding and commonly used by Apple’s many platform devices. Facetime conversation information or also called stream is encrypted via Apple’s cryptographic protocols and the application is considered HIPAA compliant. HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It is an act in the US that sets the standard for ensuring records are secured and protect patient privacy. However this will remain compliant as long as the wireless network being used for Facetime utilizes the standard WPA2 Enterprise security. This type of security will have a 128-bit AES encryption. So, you can be rest assured that all your conversations using Facetime and iMessages are protected, secure and encrypted end-to-end as claim by Apple itself. However, as soon as the data is change to a text message or video call on your end of devices, it would then depends on how you control and protect the data. As far as Apple’s technology of encryption are concerned it encrypts and secure the message from the sender up to the receiver without the possible of interception or eavesdropping by a third party.