Doxy.me is secure & HIPAA compliant, FaceTime is not

Why should you use Doxy.me? If you want a secure, HIPAA compliant platform then your choice is plain and clear. We offer a free HIPAA compliant version that comes with a Business Associates Agreement so that getting into telemedicine is easy and affordable. We don't want cost to be a barrier so there should be no reason to use Skpe, Facetime, or other unsecure video platforms.

Doxy.me is HIPAA compliant in several ways:

According to 9-5 Mac, Facetime has been letting you hear the audio of the person you are calling– before they pick up and without them knowing.

A significant bug has been discovered in FaceTime and is currently spreading virally over social media. The bug lets you call anyone with FaceTime, and immediately hear the audio coming from their phone — before the person on the other end has accepted or rejected the incoming call. Apple says the issue will be addressed in a software update “later this week”.

Naturally, this poses a pretty big privacy problem as you can essentially listen in on any iOS user, although it still rings like normal, so you can’t be 100% covert about it. Nevertheless, there is no indication on the recipient’s side that you could hear any of their audio.

The damage potential here is real. You can listen in to soundbites of any iPhone user’s ongoing conversation without them ever knowing that you could hear them. Until Apple fixes the bug, it’s not clear how to defend yourself against this attack either aside from disabling FaceTime altogether.

As it stands, if your phone is ringing with an incoming FaceTime request, the person on the other end could be listening in.

Courtney Larson

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