Feeds

Locked iPhones still got their ears on

It's a feature, not a bug

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The iPhone passcode has never been particularly secure, but now it seems that a locked handset will respond to a good talking-to, unless the user remembers to opt out.

iPhones locked with a passcode PIN, which should prevent thieves and prankster friends from operating the phone, can still be used to make calls thanks to a default setting that keeps voice dialling in operation. That means anyone can pick up an iPhone, hold down the home key and make calls to their heart's content, or to the handset's ability to recognise their voice.

The option can be switched off in the settings, and, just like the last hole in the iPhone passcode system, this has gone unnoticed for a while before being brought to our attention by a couple of sharp eyed El Reg readers*.

iPhone passlock screen

It's not a huge deal, and one imagines the decision to enable the function by default has to do with peripheral connectivity - so Bluetooth headsets and the like can use voice dialling when the screen is locked.

Apple is maintaining its traditional silence on the matter so we can't be sure, but if you don't generally use voice dialling then it's probably worth diving into the settings and tabbing it off. ®

* With thanks to Iain and Chris for their note on the subject.

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.