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Your 'hidden' iPhone notifications can be outed by blabbermouth Siri

Your 'hidden' iPhone notifications can be outed by blabbermouth Siri

With Apple's notification system, users have the choice of displaying a preview of the notification when they receive it, or hiding it so that anyone who glances at their phone won't be able to see the contents of the notification until they unlock their device.

Some iPhone users have had quite a shock lately, as a bug has been causing the device's voice assistant, Siri, to read out hidden lock screen notifications to nearly anyone that asks.

Many privacy conscious users have configured their iPhone settings so that any incoming notifications won't be displayed on the device's lock screen. Have you had any trouble with iOS 11?

Yep, that's right: A new bug discovered by Mac Magazine (via 9to5Mac) reveals that you can simply ask Siri to spy on someone's hidden notifications. Luckily, Apple is aware of the issue and has promised it has a fix in the works. The latest update, iOS 11.2.6 has some awful UI issues and fails to address the battery drain issue. Without checking if it was the user issuing the command, Siri would begin to reel off all of the notifications aloud, including those designated as hidden.

It's particularly concerning that this affects Signal notifications, as the app is primarily favored for its encrypted messaging features that provide extra security.

The fix is likely to come in iOS 11.3, which remains in beta testing, but Apple might also address the problem in iOS 11.2.7.

To hide or show message content on the Lock screen, go into Settings Notifications, choose the app, select Previews and then choose your option.

The one exception is Apple's own Messages app, where Siri will read them only if the phone is unlocked.