Your 'hidden' iPhone notifications can be outed by blabbermouth Siri

24 March, 2018, 14:18 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
  • Siri privacy bug lets it read out most hidden message content on a locked iPhone

The latest update, iOS 11.2.6 has some awful UI issues and fails to address the battery drain issue. If it does, then fans can expect iOS 11.3 to be the update that would end the problem with Siri. It could also release another small iOS 11.2.7 update to bridge the gap.

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.

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The new bug is not about a botched up functionality but it is something that can be used to spy on others notifications. Siri didn't check and make sure that the owner of the phone was the person who's making the request. The more preferable option for those wanting to see the notifications on the lock screen, however, would be to turn off Siri when the device is secure by heading to "Siri & Search" in the Settings and disabling the option to "Allow Siri When Locked".

For those learning about this bug for the first time, basically even if you choose to disable previews in notifications, users can ask Siri to read their notifications out in which even those that are supposed to be hidden will be revealed. The notifications that are most vulnerable come from third party apps including Facebook and Gmail. But it looks like Siri can surpass this security layer quite easily. Recently a hacker had demoed how he could break into a Windows PC by using Cortana. Apple said in a statement to MacRumors, "We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update". Now, Apple has acknowledged the existing and persisting privacy-related issue on iPhone and iPad and is working on a fix which will be released soon.

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