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iOS 11 has a HUGE security problem

Now that millions of iPhone and iPad owners have upgraded their gadgets to iOS 11, they are finally enjoying all the best features that will be used time and time again.

One of the major changes is the redesigned Control Center with a taller interface and more functions crammed into a single page.

This is a welcome redesign since the two-page system on iOS 10 was a bit clunky. In iOS 11, having all the control toggles in one page means you can do things more efficiently without swiping.

However, the new Control Center also has one under-the-hood change that left us scratching our heads. Not only is it misleading, it’s a huge security problem as well!

iOS 11 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles

As we found out, in iOS 11’s Control Center, quick toggling the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons off doesn’t really turn the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios off.

Instead, they just disconnect your active Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections but the signals are still available.

According to Apple, this change was implemented to keep services like AirDrop, AirPlay, Handoff, and Instant Hotspot plus accessories like the Apple Pencil and the Apple Watch connected all the time.

Apparently, toggling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off in iOS 11’s Control Center will only disconnect third-party accessories and Wi-Fi networks.

If they’re toggled off, your iPad or iPhone will try and reconnect to paired devices at 5 a.m. each morning or when the device restarts or you manually toggle them on in the Control Center.

This can be a bit confusing and frankly, misleading since prior to iOS 11, the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Control Center toggles actually turn their respective radios off.

To actually deactivate these radios in iOS 11, users will have to dig into Settings and turn them off.

  • To turn off Wi-Fi, go to Settings >> Wi-Fi and turn off Wi-Fi.
  • To turn off Bluetooth, go to Settings >> Bluetooth and turn off Bluetooth.
  • Toggle Airplane Mode to on.

Security Risks

While Apple may have its own valid reasons for making this change, some users are calling it “stupid” and “unclear.”

Leaving the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios active all the time will not only drain your battery faster, it can be a huge security risk as well.

We always report about the dangers of leaving the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios on especially in public spaces due to multiple vulnerabilities, including the BroadPwn Wi-Fi hack and the recent BlueBorne Bluetooth attack that can take over your gadget in seconds.

We’re hoping that Apple will reconsider this change since it can potentially put millions at risk every day.

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