It’s pretty bad when I can figure out how to circumvent the password protected lock screen on an iPhone enabling access to the phone’s Contacts, Photos as well as all apps and information. That password you’ve set up is completely useless if Siri is enabled on your phone. That’s why it’s important that you go to the settings on your phone and disable Siri. (I hate to do this because I use Siri for everything…set timers and alarms, make phone calls, send texts, set reminders, make appointments on my calendar…I’m going to miss Siri!)
So how is Siri a security risk? A convenient feature is the ability to access Siri from the locked screen of your phone by holding the home button (the one at the bottom of the phone) so you can set the timer or send a text without entering your password or using your thumb print to unlock the phone.
However, if you activate Siri and say:
- Contacts and the name of a contact, Siri will open your phone to the contact requested.
- Then if you touch the picture or circle to the left of the contact, the contact will open for editing and provide access to all contacts.
- At this point you can close the Contacts and have access to everything on the phone.
- This is especially dangerous if you’ve saved passwords for banking or shopping sites.
I know what you’re thinking. If someone finds my phone, they won’t know the names of my contacts. True, but if you just say:
Contacts John, it will ask which John you want to call and then by tapping the name of one of the listed contacts all information can be accessed. And really, who doesn’t have a John or Dan or Brian in their contacts.
And Siri will also open if asked to locate photos from your photo album. Try it. Say:
- Open photos from yesterday (or a day you’ve taken photos).
- Once photos are opened ready to be selected, press cancel.
- The home screen of your phone opens providing access to EVERYTHING!
Please, Apple, fix this important security issue!
But in the meantime, disable Siri!
- Go to Settings
- Click on General
- Click Siri
- Click the green button to off position
- Verify this was intentional by clicking Turn Off Siri
Hopefully, Apple will issue a fix quickly so you can get back to using Siri, but in the meantime, keep your phone secure: Disable Siri Today!
By the way, I discovered these security problems, but my son-in-law, Jonathan explained how to turn off Siri when I told him about this problem (something I didn’t know I could do). An easy fix to a big problem. Thanks.