Apple Siri, how can you be so 'silly'

A recently discovered security flaw shows that Siri will still read your hidden notifications aloud even if your phone is locked. Text messages are still protected however

The operation was possible even though you have set your notifications hidden on the lock screen.

Siri's behaviour becomes a privacy issue because it can read out messages and emails from third-party apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Gmail, even if an iPhone is locked.

Credit: Tom's GuideThe folks over at Brazilian website Mac Magazine have discovered a bug in Siri that will allow anyone to request the virtual personal assistant read hidden messages aloud.

As we have mentioned earlier, Apple has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix which will be released in the form of an iOS update. However, with the bug within iOS 11.3, anybody can ask Siri things like "read my last note" or "read my last email" without any security blocks.

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Anyone can just hold down the home button on most iPhones or a side button for the iPhone X to activate Siri without voice recognition and ask to read notifications. According to the Apple-centric news site, one way to get around the issue is by simply disabling lock screen notifications for certain apps that may contain confidential information.

To hide or show message content on the Lock screen, go into Settings Notifications, choose the app, select Previews and then choose your option. You might want to check these out until an update is disseminated by Apple. Luckily, Apple is aware of the issue and has promised it has a fix in the works.

In a statement on Thursday (via MacRumors) Apple said: "We are aware of this issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update". Unselect this toggle and Siri won't be able to read out messages when the phone is locked.




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