I'm logged in on "Joe's MacBook Pro" at a public Wi-Fi.

I get an alert window (apparently from no program in particular). It says:

Your Apple ID is now being used for iMessage and FaceTime on a new Mac.

If you recently signed into “Joe's MacBook Pro” you can ignore this notification.

What does this mean? I use several development tools (Emacs, …) but neither iMessage nor FaceTime.

I never use the same password twice as suggested as an answer to FaceTime hijacked, nor do I otherwise have a reason to believe my Apple (macOS or iCloud) account is compromised.

Is this a security risk? The message does not indicate what to do if I had not "recently signed into".

Please provide some back-up or reference for your answer, so as not to trigger extra caution when none is needed. The point is to understand what's happening, not to be prudent just to be on the safe side.

  • Was it asking your for credentials or is it just an alert?
    – fsb
    May 17, 2017 at 19:26
  • @fsb No. It was just an alert. It wasn't asking for any credentials. One reason I'm uncomfortable is that AirDrop showed up in OS X at some point, and, conveniently, Finder now says under AirDrop: "To share with someone using a Mac, ask them to go to AirDrop in the Finder." But I don't quite have a grasp of what this is about.
    – Calaf
    May 17, 2017 at 19:59
  • I would recommend immediately changing your Apple ID password while you research this.
    – fsb
    May 17, 2017 at 20:01

2 Answers 2


Yes, this may be a security risk. But it's unlikely that someone hijacked your Mac using Wi-Fi alone.

In order for you to receive this message someone needs to login with your Apple ID credentials with a device that supports FaceTime (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, any Mac).

Change your Apple ID password

  1. Go to Manage Apple ID
  2. Log in with your Apple ID
  3. Go to Security > "Change Password..."
  4. Change your password
  5. Also turn on two-factor authentication if it isn't already

Check your Devices

  1. Go to Manage Apple ID
  2. Log in with your Apple ID
  3. Scroll down to My Devices
  4. Click any device that looks unfamiliar to you
  5. In the new window click the blue circle with an x to remove it.

You may need to sign in with your new Apple ID password on your other devices in order to use all iCloud services again.

  • That's good. But I'm really looking to hunt down what's happening. On a unix system, for instance, if you're wondering if someone is grabbing your screen, there is a multitude of commands (simplest: who, next simplest: top) you can run to figure out whether someone else. Is there anything I can do in such a case to determine the damage that has been done? If I rush to "check your devices" as you outline, I should see the invader, if any. Is that right?
    – Calaf
    May 19, 2017 at 4:00
  • FaceTime is a service that's managed by iCloud. If someone gets his/her hands on your Apple ID and password, this person connects to Apple servers. If access will be granted, all your connected devices get a notification about this. So this person does not need to have access to your device, only your Apple ID credentials. Even if a someone connected to you device to grab your credentials, he/she would close any connection to your device before signing in with them. /// Yes, if you check your devices the device will be visible there.
    – oa-
    May 19, 2017 at 8:12

False alarm. If you have more than one Mac, and stop using one for a while, macOS will give you this warning. The duration of absence can be, empirically, as little as two months.

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