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Secure Siri To Keep Your Information Safe On Your iPhone

By December 25, 2015March 6th, 2023Blog, Technology News

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Apple has long claimed that one of its chief advantages over Android and Windows devices is greater security. There’s a lot of truth to that, but there seems to be one glaring flaw in that claim. Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant.

Siri’s problems are both well-known and well-documented. As invaluable as she is, there have been a number of exploits and security loopholes in the virtual assistant that have allowed people to unlock your phone, post to your Facebook account, display the addresses and phone numbers in your contact’s list, and much more. In short, Siri has allowed a number of ways to get around virtually all of Apple’s superior security features, rendering them virtually useless.

Fortunately, there is a way to prevent this, but only a small number of Apple users know how. This piece will give you all the information you need to ensure that Siri doesn’t wind up working against you.

In order to ensure better security and less chance of a hack, Siri must work behind your phone’s lock screen. To do that, start by opening the “Settings” app. Select Touch ID & Pass code, and enter your pass code. Scroll down until you see a selection entitled “Allow Access When Locked” and toggle the Siri setting to the off position.

Doing this will require you to enter your passcode before you can make use of Siri’s features and functionality. For some that may seem inconvenient, but it has the direct advantage of requiring anybody who gets access to your phone, to also know your passcode before accessing Siri. As long as they don’t have your passcode, they can’t use Siri exploits to get their hands on your personal information.

Apple is aware of the issues and weaknesses with their virtual assistant program, and is working to correct them and close the various security loopholes, but it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to protecting your personal information. Our recommendation is to keep Siri tucked safely behind the lock screen to avoid any possible security risks.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.