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Apple’s Siri voice control system is undeniably cool, but it’s also still technically a beta product. As such, there are some kinks to work out, but this is a pretty big one. The default setting for Siri is that it can be activated when the phone is locked, which is handy. But it turns out that even if you use a passcode, anyone can fire up Siri without knowing your code, and send texts and emails, or snoop in your calendar.
In this state, Siri does have reduced functionality. Users cannot access apps, including the phone app, without knowing the lock code. The only features exposed are the ones that happen entirely within the Siri interface. There is an option to change this setting buried in the passcode lock menu. Users can switch Siri to ‘Off’ and stop people from accessing it without the code.
For many users, it might be worth the risk to leave Siri on, but the default setting should be the opposite. Siri ought to be disabled when locked unless the user makes the choice to turn it on. Any 4S users out there? Is your Siri disabled on the lock screen?