We recently started to put on social media a “feature” within the iPhone, We don’t know if this is a feature or an oversight, but whatever angle you take, it’s a security risk, and one we don’t like.
Take your iPhone, with it’s screen locking features. Surely you should be the only one who can send text messages from it right?
WRONG. Anyone can send a text message from your iPhone without your permission to anyone in your address book or to a mobile number, and it’s all thanks to Siri.
There are two methods, to this you can hold the Home button until Siri pops up, and yes, anyone can activate Siri even if you do use finger recognition, or if the iPhone is plugged in just say “Hey Siri”, although this feature may be turned off by the owner,
Then just say something in the lines of “Sent Text message”, Say whom to or speak the mobile number, then say the message followed by Send which you can say or press. Siri will quite happily send the text.
A friend recently out with his brother and their families, did this to his brother’s iPhone, when he left the dining table to go to the toilets. He sent a message from his brothers phone to his brothers wife saying “I am having an affair”!. Now can you see the dangers?
We can’t imagine the consequences of going into an office where everyone probably has their iPhone plugged in and shouting out “Hey Siri”, then proceed to send a message from a dozen iPhones to your boss telling them what you really think of their management skills!!
Of course there is one advantage to it. Those inebriatedÂ text messages you sent and regretted the next morning can always be blamed on someone else!