Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Siri will read your hidden iPhone lock screen notifications to anyone

Siri will read your hidden iPhone lock screen notifications to anyone Siri will read your hidden iPhone lock screen notifications to anyone
Sandy Mccarthy | 24 March, 2018, 10:33

If you use a feature baked into iOS 11 that lets you hide messages, you might be disappointed to learn that Siri isn't so good at keeping that content hidden.

Your hidden iOS 11 notifications can be read aloud by Siri, even when your iPhone is locked, according to a newly discovered privacy bug. Simply by asking Siri to "read my notifications" the voice assistant will read out content from a wide range of apps, such as WhatsApp, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, Slack, and others. The problem remains in iOS 11.3 beta and iOS 11.2.6 devices until Apple issues the fix.

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It's likely that a fix will arrive in iOS 11.3, which is now in beta, although Apple could release a minor update to sort the issue like it did with the recent Telugu text bomb bug. In the latter case, users will at the very least take steps to keep their phone away from prying eyes.

It's particularly concerning that this affects Signal notifications, as the app is primarily favored for its encrypted messaging features that provide extra security. In the meantime, to protect yourself, you can go to Siri's settings page and disabling the "Allow Access When Locked" option. So till this bug is active, Siri can read out all notifications on the iPhone X even without the owner's permission. It is unclear when the update will be released and whether or not users will have to wait until iOS 11.3 or if it could be released sooner. They further assured that the same will be fixed in the upcoming software update. The iOS 11 has been riddled with so many bugs and half-baked functionality that some of the users preferred to stick to the previous version.

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