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Siri Bug Lets Strangers Hear Your Messages

Siri Bug Lets Strangers Hear Your Messages Siri Bug Lets Strangers Hear Your Messages
Emmett Howard | 24 March, 2018, 13:32

We've reached out to Apple and will update this story if we receive a response. As spotted by Mac Magazine, anybody can ask Apple's digital assistant Siri to read out the notifications on the handset and it simply will read it out loud.

Apple users on iOS 11 can set message notifications to be hidden on the lock screen, where the user is alerted that a notification from an app has arrived, but its contents are not revealed unless the device is unlocked.

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.

If users are curious to see whether the bug affects them, go to Settings Notifications select an app (preferably a messaging app) Show Previews and click on When Unlocked.

Otherwise, you can still turn the feature on by going to Settings and then Notifications.

Another workaround for the iOS bug requires you to completely disable Siri whenever your iPhone is locked. As for iOS 11.3 beta versions, the bug can be fixed by the time the final version comes out.

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Thankfully there are some basic settings that can prevent Siri from reading out your personal messages without authentication, but it takes a toll at some of your convenience.

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.

Apple started hiding notification previews by default when it rolled out iOS 11 previous year.

It can happen even with the "Show Previews" featured is set to display only "When Unlocked"(Settings Notifications Show Previews), Siri will still read hidden notifications aloud by saying "Hey Siri, read my notifications".

Apple has acknowledged the problem and promised a fix soon.

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