This week, CNET discovered a security issue in Siri on the iPhone 4S. By default, Siri is accessible even when the phone is passcode-locked. So, what?
Apple enables this feature for convenience, allowing you to quickly access Siri while you’re driving or otherwise preoccupied. But here’s the problem: if your phone is passcode-locked, and it’s lost or stolen, someone can easily find out where you live, what your schedule is, send text messages, and even e-mails.
My thoughts? Siri should NOT be accessible via a passcode-locked phone by default. As Google+ user DeAno Jackson said: Apple should err on the side of security, and let the users decide if they’d like to sacrifice security for convenience.
After the news spread, Gio Benitez from CBS News Miami asked me to talk a little bit about the security issue and why it matters. I also provide an easy fix for the issue. Here’s the clip: