PSA: Check your "Hey, Siri" settings under TouchID and Passcode

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  1. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    If the "Hey, Siri" feature has been setup and turned on on your phone, you might want to go to Settings > TouchID and Passcode > Allow Access When Locked > and consider changing the default (all enabled) settings.

    If you happen to put your phone down somewhere and forget about it, or if your iPhone gets stolen or ends up being passed around at a party or family gathering, you don't necessarily want everyone being able to find out where your car is parked, who you last called, where you live and other personal information etc.
     
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Realistically that would similarly apply to even if you don't have "Hey Siri" enabled.
     
  3. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    I don't have anything enabled on my lockscreen. Never understood why someone would want that.
     
  4. dangerfish macrumors 6502

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    When you set up "Hey Siri", it learns YOUR voice. Its not supposed to respond to just anyone saying "Hey Siri."
    I'm not saying that its 100% perfect but I just did a test. I put my phone next to my daughter's and said "Hey Siri." My phone responded and not hers. Then she said it and her phone responded and not mine. So I'm not too worried about a random person being able to invoke the command with my phone.
     
  5. BasicGreatGuy thread starter Contributor

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    The feature is not 100% perfect. As such, Siri can and has, at times, responded to other people. Hence the warning.
     
  6. C DM, Feb 25, 2017
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    Well, widgets can be convenient to just quickly swipe over and see something like sport scores or upcoming appointment or something similar. Same can go for notifications. With Touch ID though, those don't provide as much of an advantage.

    Siri can be useful when you are in a car or have headphones connected and the device in your pocket or something like that and can quickly place a call or check on something. But of course the usefulness of any of those things can be different for different people (for different reasons).
     
  7. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

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    Do you think you're the first person to notice this or something?
     
  8. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    I agree. I'm all for balancing convenience with security, but given that TouchID gives me the ability to unlock my phone in a second with no effort, I see no need to have anything accessible while the phone is locked.
     
  9. BasicGreatGuy thread starter Contributor

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    No, and I didn't claim or imply that I am the first. As the title states, this is a PSA. If you have problem, find another thread.
     
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    Pretend to talk like a girl and you'll be able to get her phone to activate. Or, alternatively, have your daughter deepen her voice. I can trick my wife's phone by talking at a higher pitch.
     
  11. cynics macrumors G4

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    Realistically you can't get too far with just "Hey Siri" from the lock screen. If you ask where did I park my car, contact information, message information that isn't already on the lock screen, etc etc she will say "You will need to unlock your iPhone first".

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    Pre-iOS 10 I was usability > security and had access to notifications/widgets and CC. With iOS 10 though if you don't use rest to open you can turn access to those things off, and rest your finger to authenticate and allow access.
     
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    You're finding a problem out of nothing.
     
  14. Thor_1 macrumors 6502a

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    I can make any phone respond to hey Siri if I hear the person talk. But like others have said, without touch or passcode, can't get far. Old news
     
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    ^This
     
  16. BasicGreatGuy thread starter Contributor

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    There is no problem. I was just letting the forum member know I didn't appreciate the snide comment which added nothing to the thread.
     
  17. deano1972 macrumors 6502a

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    Relax.. he's basically a great guy :D
     
  18. rijc99 macrumors 6502a

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    If Siri from lock screen is enabled... try this:

    Activate Siri with a non registered finger.
    Say "Take me home"
    Leave the phone alone for a few seconds.

    Mine tells me my home address then how to get there. Is this a bug?
     
  19. mrex macrumors 68020

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    It is not even 1% perfect. Maybe it is recognizing the difference between a female and a male but surely not between two males. When i had Siri enabled it responded even a spoken language around and activated from time to time. My bf activated my Siri all the time just to tease me when i was using my phone.
     
  20. cynics macrumors G4

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    That works. I don't think it's a bug, but maybe it could be.

    I don't want to dismiss your concerns (I'd leave Siri off on the lock screen if I were you) but there are easier way to get someone's address without stealing any physical objects from them. iPhones are generally > $500 dollars making it a felony. Better off stealing their wallet and looking at their ID.

    OR you can get someone's address for free if you merely know there name. If you are willing to pay a few bucks you can get their home address from an email address or other obscure information. Sites like spokeo.com and a variety of others make it very easy.
     
  21. Channan macrumors 68030

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    I don't restrict notifications on my lock screen because I don't care if someone happens to read my messages if I set my phone down. That's almost never the case as I'm usually either holding it or it's in my pocket.

    The benefit of being able to read messages and know whether I need to respond without unlocking my phone outweighs the potential of someone reading my messages. I just don't want someone being able to get into my phone and have unrestricted access.
     
  22. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    I guess you don't have two nosy daughters. Who texted you Daddy?!?? Mommy said the F word!!!
     
  23. Cristim74 macrumors member

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    I keep notifications on lock screen but I disabled Siri after a work colleague played a joke on me with "wake me up at 4 am" :)
     
  24. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Sounds like mommy is the issue, not lockscreen notifications. :p
     

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