Here's how you can prevent strangers from using a flaw in iOS 9 to unlock your iPhone

Here's how you can prevent strangers from using a flaw in iOS 9 to unlock your iPhone
There is a flaw in iOS 9 that will allow any Tom, Dick or Harry to unlock your iPhone and break into your handset. Let's say that some hacker tries unsuccessfully to guess your passcode four times. During the fifth try, the last before iOS will lock down the phone, three numbers are typed in. The home button is then pressed to activate Siri, at the same time that a fourth digit is typed in for the passcode. Pressing the home button and typing in the fourth numeral must be done quickly, and with perfect timing.

Once Siri is activated, the hacker then asks the virtual assistant to do something simple. For example, "Siri, can you tell me the time?" will work. Clicking on the clock option will allow the hacker to enter the native clock app and move on from there. But there is a way to prevent this from taking place, and it requires you to make one little settings change.

Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Allow access when locked, and turn the toggle next to Siri to the "off" position. While this will prevent you from enjoying some of the new features that Siri has to offer in iOS 9, it does prevent the security flaw from being used to break in to your iPhone. Hopefully, Apple will have this covered in iOS 9.1, and you will be able to turn the toggle switch back to "on," allowing you to enjoy the full potential of Siri.



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10 Comments

1. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol..ios ..the most secure mobile OS .. hahahahahahahahahaha

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It Is.

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its BlackBerry.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, in terms of security BlackBerry & WP >>> iOS & Android

4. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Oh no iOS 9 has a security issue, the fandroids have won, death must come to me, apple and anyone else who bought an apple device or likes apple at all. Because that's what phone arenas comments section is, there used to be a time when this place was about phones, probably before the kids here could even type. But now that it's a blood bath might as well join in. Fandroids have won, a bunch of random strangers they have never met are being affected by an iOS 9 bug and thus Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the greatest thing to every exist. Yes.

5. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It just mean that you can look at your mates images and change is contacts to phone your paid number you setup and also signup to loads of bad iMessages services that charge your bill,but ya nothing big this one, you can just now hack all iPhones that have updated to ios9 and get all that's needed from them and make loads of cash at the same time, from what I can tell pa just underplayed this hack and tried to make out its no big deal

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yep cause Apple fans are much better. Lol so much whining.

16. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Just a tad of an over reaction don't you think?

11. Tizo101

Posts: 540; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I think hardware will always have such issues, this is how tech works. people who design software have to find a way to access the device even if it has all sorts of pins and passwords.

19. Azonx8472

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

LOL, saw this guy in the comments of TheVerge asking them if they would cover the news and they dismissed him completely.

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