Keep Creeps Away

Every technological breakthrough has a downside. iMessage was a big step up over text messaging: encrypted to just the members of a conversation, allowing long messages, including rich media. It was kind of perfect. Except Apple never thought about it being used for harassment.

There was no way to block unwanted incoming iMessages, even though carriers offered various tools to block incoming calls and, in some cases, text messages from numbers you specified. The same was true for FaceTime audio and video.

Apple added the first blocking tools several years ago and gradually broadened since then. In this chapter, I look at built-in, automated, and third-party options for blocking unwanted contact.

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