Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Siri Security Glitch Adds to IPhone 4S Problems

An iPhone 4S glitch allows access to the Siri voice-activated virtual assistant when the phone is locked, adding another item to the list of problems plaguing the device.

A default setting lets anyone who picks up the iPhone 4S to send emails and texts or access a user’s address book, calendar and personal information simply by speaking into it and activating Siri without a passcode, even when the phone itself is password-protected.

Apple likely made Siri available when the screen is locked to facilitate easy, eyes-off, hands-free activation of the voice-recognition software, a nice feature to have when driving or walking around.

The phone toggles Siri’s settings right out of the box, which may surprise unsuspecting users and put them at risk for compromised security, especially in the event of a lost iPhone.

News of the security snafu follows users’ complaints about a yellowish tint on some iPhone 4S screens and reports of connection problems with Siri just a few days after the device launched.

No device debut is without its glitches, but a growing list of iPhone 4S concerns, coupled with last week’s reported problems with the iOS 5 and iCloud download and upgrade, may chip away at Apple’s reputation, something the company probably does not want to risk as it heads into the competitive holiday sales season.

Several technology blogs reported the Siri problem and offered a fix. Users can turn off Siri access when the 4S is locked by visiting “Settings,” clicking “general” and “passcode lock,” then toggling the switch for “allow access to Siri when locked with a passcode” to the off position. After this action is taken, the handset requires passcode entry before Siri can be used.

Not all iPhone users read technology blogs or news, though, so many may be unaware that they are walking around with a potentially unsecured phone in their pockets, or that there is an easy solution to fix the issue.


  1. you guys are a sad lot. anyone should expect this with millions of people adopting new tech.

    how well are those android updates faring on all android devices?

    i'll wait for your meek reply..

    oh, what's that? android os updates are crippling devices?

    that's what i thought. shut the fuck up you ignorant wastes of sperm and eggs.

  2. Listen asswipe. The latest ICS has been working on the earliest Android devices and the latest updates has not been crippling devices it's been improving them, unlike Apple's iOS piece of shit. It sound to me like you're a jealous little fuck face because Android is kicking Apples ass.

  3. Lol what a retard. Clearly a sheep buying this overpriced garbage and now butthurt when he can now see how much of a dip shit he is for wasting his money on any fucking apple anything (other than shipping to return the piece of shit).

    I like how he used the term "new tech" LOL!!!! New tech? You truly are a fucking dicktard. If anything, apple is notorious for designing their shitty products to have all BUT new technology in order for you to crave the actual new technology (that is already out there in android devices for a 1/3 of the price) that you will never get yet continue to waste your money in an attempt to get with the "newer" models year after year.

    It's like chasing the dragon, dumbass. With every battery draining, combustible piece of apple shit that is released, it will NEVER have enough because apple wants to be able to sell you another piece of shit next year that will also be substandard to keep you in a cycle of getting the newer model in hopes of getting something pretty fucking standard like a fucking CAMERA FLASH. And you all sheep are such idiots, that you'll buy the new shit that is released a year later does come with a camera flash as though a camera flash is the newest, latest and greatest technology not realizing that what really happened is that you thought, "What the fuck? Why wouldn't this come with a camera flash? That just doesn't make any sense. Why would apple just not give it a basic camera flash?? Ohh....so they can have a reason to come out with another model in 9 months." And then later on, you forget, and when they release one with a camera flash, you think, "Fuck yeah! a camera flash! I gotta have it!" Apple - 1, you - 0.

    So who's the waste of sperm? lol you fuckin idiot...You'd think that'd be a label more appropriate for someone wasting all their money like yourself.

    At least android devices don't regularly explode like iphones making them ACTUAL CRIPPLING DEVICES.

    And since when has the advent of millions of people doing something made it intelligent? lol...

    Oh, and my android device is doing absolutely wonderful, has a battery life beyond 4 hours lol, hasn't exploded, is open source, has twice as many features, it's features ACTUALLY WORK, and cost about half of iShit...so thank you for asking.

  4. Nice post with great details. Thanks for sharing.