Well, that’s what I would say if I had an iPhone 4S. According to Graham Cluley, a security analyst, Siri doesn’t require your iPhone 4S to be unlocked in order to access text messages, calendar or email. Cluley borrowed his co-workers brand-new phone, activated Siri, and composed both a text and email without ever unlocking the device. He also claims he could have messed with his appointments.
Don’t fret, this isn’t permanent. Under Settings> General>Passcode, you can disable Siri from the lockscreen. However, it seems illogical to allow in-depth access or no access. Perhaps there’s a good middle ground that hasn’t been considered yet, or even a spoken password. Cluley seemed disappointed that Apple chose the option that was “more about impressing your buddies than securing your calendar and email system.”
If you own a 4S, maybe you should disable Siri from the lockscreen, just to be safe.
PC Mag: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2394981,00.asp#fbid=PJXBMY01eWe
Naked Security: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/10/19/siri-iphone-4s-unlocked/
5 thoughts on “Siri, stop letting my friends mess with my phone”
Since Siri is in beta, I’m hoping they end up fixing this.
I was gonna say since siri is in beta, you wouldn’t have to worry about anyone actually accessing anything.
/paying the troll toll
/just bought an iPhone
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It’s hard to use that iPhone? Huh, I thought it just worked.
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