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Siri Bug Lets Strangers Hear Your Messages

Siri Bug Lets Strangers Hear Your Messages

Many privacy conscious users have configured their iPhone settings so that any incoming notifications won't be displayed on the device's lock screen.

If users are curious to see whether the bug affects them, go to Settings Notifications select an app (preferably a messaging app) Show Previews and click on When Unlocked. With this bug, anyone can ask Siri to read the contents of the message and thus breach privacy.

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The iOS 11 bug-saga continues as now an alarmingly serious privacy bug has surfaced which exposes users' hidden notifications, thanks to Siri. Choose the app that you don't want to show notifications and swipe its "Show on Lock Screen" toggle.

As we have mentioned earlier, Apple has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix which will be released in the form of an iOS update.

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The site did confirm that the bug was present in both iOS 11.2.6 and the latest iOS 11.3 beta. Luckily, Apple is aware of the issue and has promised it has a fix in the works.

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We've reached out to Apple and will update this story if we receive a response. It's possible that the next pre-release version will come with the solution for the lock screen bug. And keeping aside those battery draining issues and applications being unresponsive, iOS 11 bugs didn't even spare the $1,000 iPhone X. Things started looking brighter after the iOS 11.1.3 update but things have tanked once again. Siri didn't check to make sure the owner of the phone was the person who was asking. iMessages and SMS texts were still kept private from being read aloud, but Facebook Messenger, Slack, email apps like Apple's own Mail app, and more could all have messages read by Siri.