Siri security flaw on iPhone 4S

Someone else can access your locked phone using the voice command system

October 18, 2011
iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S has been selling a storm ever since its launch last Friday.

In fact, it has shifted over 4 million units over the weekend, which is more than double what the iPhone 4 achieved on its debut.

One of the major new features of the iPhone 4S is Siri, the voice controlled assistant which lets you operate various functions of the phone simply by talking to it.

However, there are a couple of points to be wary of when it comes to Siri. The first being that the system isn’t actually fully implemented in the UK, with no localised provider yet signed up for location-based information such as asking Siri where the nearest Indian restaurant is.

The second is a more serious security matter, which is that Siri comes with a default setting that grants access to your locked iPhone.

So even if you’ve set up a passcode on your device, anyone can bypass that lock simply by holding down the Home button to activate Siri, then send an embarrassing text via voice dictation.

As Macworld who highlighted the issue pointed out, all you need to do to resolve this is go to your Passcode Lock settings. Under here, there’s an option which allows access to Siri even with a passcode lock in place.

It’s on by default, and all you need to do is turn it off. We’d have thought it should have been off by default, really.

Anyway, this point is certainly worth bearing in mind for those of you who have taken the plunge with a shiny new iPhone 4S.


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