Bad Siri!

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

Re­cently I was show­ing off my shiny new iPhone 6 to a friend who is an avid Sam­sung user. He was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the Touch ID fea­ture but didn’t be­lieve it would work. I put the phone to sleep and passed it to him and told him to try and gain ac­cess. He pressed and held the Home but­ton, Siri’s screen came up and my friend asked Siri to place a call to his phone. Siri obliged! I was sur­prised, but thought I might have set­tings wrong on my phone so I tried it on my wife’s brand new iPhone 6. Again Siri obliged. I have a pay as you go con­tract so unau­tho­rised phone calls on my phone are not a ma­jor prob­lem, how­ever, on a monthly con­tract phone, unau­tho­rised calls on a lost phone could prove to be very ex­pen­sive! Per­haps you could warn other users of this glitch or let us all know if there is a way to stop Siri be­ing quite so help­ful un­til af­ter the Touch ID or a pass­code is used? Bill King Paul Blach­ford says Bill, we un­der­stand that you might have had a bit of shock there. It’s nat­u­ral to as­sume that Touch ID is your dig­i­tal guardian and pre­vents any kind of ac­cess to your iPhone, and in­deed it does if you know where to look. By de­fault you can ask Siri to place a call to one of your con­tacts with­out un­lock­ing the phone first. If you go to Set­tings > Touch ID & Pass­code (you have to then use your pass­code to see op­tions), then scroll down to ‘Al­low ac­cess when locked’ you can turn Siri off. From here you can also turn off ac­cess to the To­day view, no­ti­fi­ca­tions, Pass­book (which of course now con­tains bank cards for Ap­ple Pay) and Re­ply with Mes­sage.

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