Siri just can’t seem to figure out when to keep quiet.
Many privacy conscious users have configured their iPhone settings so that any incoming notifications won’t be displayed on the device’s lock screen.
In fact, with Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 11, this is a default feature.
But a recently discovered security flaw shows that the iPhone maker’s chatterbox voice assistant will still read your hidden notifications aloud even if your phone is locked.
A recently discovered security flaw shows that Siri will still read your hidden notifications aloud even if your phone is locked. Text messages are still protected, however
This means that if you or anyone asks Siri to read your notifications, she will read aloud private messages sent via third-party apps, like Facebook Messenger, Slack or Signal, for everyone to hear.
It’s particularly concerning that this affects Signal notifications, as the app is primarily favored for its encrypted messaging features that provide extra security.
DailyMail.com has reached out to an Apple spokesperson for comment.
Fortunately, any messages or notifications sent to Apple’s own Messages app, iMessage, are still protected.
If you ask Siri to read text notifications, she’ll tell you to unlock your phone.
Apple started hiding notification previews by default when it rolled out iOS 11 last year.
Siri still requires authentication before it’ll read notifications from iMessage, but a security flaw means that it can dictate notifications from third-party apps like Slack (pictured)
But the feature has been around for a while, previously allowing users to manually change their settings to hide notification previews.
Now, if you want to read notifications, you have to unlock the phone using Face ID, a password, or some other form of authentication.
Otherwise, you can still turn the feature on by going to Settings and then Notifications.
Under the ‘When Unlocked’ setting, you can choose from ‘Always’ and ‘Never.’
However, choosing ‘Never’ doesn’t seem to fix the Siri security flaw, according to Gizmodo.
WHAT APPLE DEVICES HAVE SIRI ON THEM?
Siri can create reminders, schedule calendar events and retrieve information on restaurants and weather.
Siri was launched alongside the iPhone 4s in 2011.
The digital assistant can create reminders, schedule calendar events and retrieve information on restaurants and weather.
Since then, Apple’s digital assistant has been added to a slew of products, ranging from smartphones to tablets
It was also included in Apple’s first smart home speaker, the HomePod
Here are some Apple products that have Siri:
- The iPhone X and all its predecessors
- Some iPad Pro versions and the iPad Mini
- The 5th generation iPod Touch
- The Apple TV
- Some Apple Watch versions