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Locking your iPhone won’t keep you safe from this prank

Locking your iPhone won’t keep you safe from this prank
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With iOS 10 installed on most iPhones, you might have noticed that Apple's virtual assistant Siri now has the ability to use third-party apps to make your life easier. With Siri you can even control your thermostat.

This all sounds great, but one thing Siri also does is let anyone into your phone, even if it's locked. That means your iPhone, regardless of which OS you have installed, could be vulnerable to prying eyes, pranksters or worse.

In fact, there's a list of ways someone could take over your phone using Siri. All you have to do is tap on the home button and say "Hey Siri."

Once you have Siri's attention, you can use her to send text messages, make calls and update a Facebook status, all through dictation. All a person has to do is say, "Siri, update Facebook" or "send a text message to mom" and tell Siri what to send.

Yes, it really is that easy for anyone to get access to an iPhone without knowing a passcode. Luckily, there is a fix to secure your phone from this hack. Go to Settings >> Siri >> Access on Lock Screen >> Off. In this menu, you can also toggle off "Allow 'Hey Siri'" if you're so inclined.

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Want to know more about Siri? Meet Susan Bennett, the woman behind the voice of Siri in this Komando on Demand podcast.

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