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Apple Siri, how can you be so 'silly'

Apple Siri, how can you be so 'silly'

Apple has confirmed that they are working towards solving the problem of Siri reading aloud hidden notifications on iPhones. In fact, in a statement published today, the tech titan said, "We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update".

MacRumours replicated the bug on an iPhone X in its own tests, between iOS 11.2.6 and the current iOS 11.3 beta. It reported that thanks to yet-another bug in Apple's smartphone operating, users can simply ask Siri to "read my notifications" and the assistant will read aloud the contents of notifications, including ones that are hidden. The notifications that are most vulnerable come from third party apps including Facebook and Gmail. Now when you receive a notification, just ask Siri to "read my notification".

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Fortunately, any messages or notifications sent to Apple's own Messages app, iMessage, are still protected. The bug was discovered in the latest version of iOS and appears to still be present in iOS 11.3 which is still in beta. Go to Settings Notifications select an app and toggle off "Show on Lock Screen". The more preferable option for those wanting to see the notifications on the lock screen, however, would be to turn off Siri when the device is secure by heading to "Siri & Search" in the Settings and disabling the option to "Allow Siri When Locked". All it takes is holding down the home button (or side button in the case of the iPhone X).

Until Apple rectifies this, you can avoid any potential privacy snooping by turning off lock screen notifications for sensitive apps.


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