How Siri leaks your private iPhone messages, and how to stop her

How Siri leaks your private iPhone messages, and how to stop her

Apple is aware of the iOS message reading bug, and has a fix planned for their next update. Apple's latest operating system has been bug-ridden since its launch.

Apple famously gives release dates for its security updates by actually releasing them, hiding behind its official policy that "for our customers' protection, Apple doesn't disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available".

Siri still requires authentication before it'll read notifications from iMessage but a security flaw means that it can dictate notifications from third-party apps like Slack

Even if lock screen previews are turned off, Siri will still read the content in notifications aloud from third-party email and messaging apps.

But most people like their phone to display a clock when it's locked - a feature that's admittedly very convenient - and once you have made one exception, it's easy to get sucked into a maze of other lockscreen exceptions, including allowing alarms to go off, accessing the camera, and popping up notifications about messages that are worth unlocking your phone to read.

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Users can disable Siri when iPhone is locked.

In a statement to MacRumors, Apple said that it will fix a bug that caused Siri to read out hidden lock screen notifications to anyone who communicated with Siri.

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Now, if you want to read notifications, you have to unlock the phone using Face ID, a password, or some other form of authentication.

Test the bug for yourself: Go to Settings Notifications Select an app (say WhatsApp) Show Previews Select "When Unlocked". But it looks like Siri can surpass this security layer quite easily. If prompted, Siri will read out whatever details are within the app without checking to make sure it's the primary user. With this setting enabled, lock screen notifications will remain hidden until a user authenticates with Face ID, Touch ID or passcode. Saying things like "Read my last email" and "Read my last note" lead to Siri insisting that you unlock your phone before the voice assistant can follow through on the request since it associates those asks with Apple's software. Choose the option Never.

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