Apple’s new virtual assistant Siri got a security hole!
Apple iPhone 4S’s most-talked about feature Siri is facing criticism for a default security setting that can leave the device vulnerable.
According to Sophos, even if a user’s iPhone 4S is locked with a passcode, an unauthorised user can press the button and give a spoken command to Siri, like ask it to send emails or tamper with your calendar.
However, Sophos has also suggested a way to disable Siri when the device is locked. To disable the feature, a user needs to press enter “Settings/General/Passcode Lock” on his iPhone 4S, and set the “Siri” option to “Off”.
Siri is the voice-activated personal assistant that comes with the new iPhone 4S. With the launch of iPhone 4S on Oct 14, Siri became an instant hit with users scrambling to activate the feature and facing a host of connectivity troubles.
Siri lets users perform tasks like asking for a weather update anywhere in the world, or setting an alarm, or asking for places to eat, or making a calendar appointment.
According to Apple, the feature is based on artificial intelligence technology that the company got from its acquisition of a company called Siri.