The iPhone 4S’s much-trumpeted Siri voice control app leaves owners at risk of security breaches, it has been claimed.
Since the launch of the iPhone 4S on October 14th, Siri has quickly become something of an online phenomenon – thanks largely to its surprisingly clever and tart responses to saucy questions and the stern, teacher-like female voice Apple chose for it.
But fun aside, there’s a darker side to the app. And that’s because the iPhone 4S’s default security settings do not require users to tap in a passcode to use Siri.
That means any old Joe Schmoe could pick up the handset and use it to call peeps in owners' contact books, or send an email or text or even mess with calendar appointments.
According to Graham Cluey of online security dons Sophos, the decision to leave Siri so vulnerable to misuse by strangers represents a real dereliction of duty on Apple’s part.
Writing on the Naked Security Sophos blog, he stated: "What's disappointing to me though is that Apple had a clear choice here.
"They could have chosen to implement Siri securely, but instead they decided to default to a mode which is more about impressing your buddies than securing your calendar and e-mail system.”
News of Cluey’s comments come amid reports of glitches with Siri that cause the iPhone 4S's connection to drop out when users are issuing voice commands.
Problems integrating Siri into Apple's iOS operating system are also believed to be behind the delay to the iPhone 4S which resulted in the handset landing last week rather than back in June – as per Apple’s usual regular as clockwork product refreshes.
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