Siri bug in iOS 11 enables access to hidden notifications

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That setting is on by default on the iPhone X, where simply glancing at it will unlock the phone and allow the content to be displayed, while it can be set on other models.

If you use a feature baked into iOS 11 that lets you hide messages, you might be disappointed to learn that Siri isn't so good at keeping that content hidden.

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. The latest update, iOS 11.2.6 has some awful UI issues and fails to address the battery drain issue. In the latter case, users will at the very least take steps to keep their phone away from prying eyes. But the bug doesn't affect stock apps like Mail and iMessage. They further assured that the same will be fixed in the upcoming software update. Siri bypassing the iPhone's lock and hidden notification setting is of major concern as users might have personal and confidential information on their WhatsApp, Gmail or even Slack. We tried again and again to get Siri to read texts, but it demanded we unlock our iPhones first.

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The only notifications that Siri doesn't seem to be willing to blab about are those from Apple's native Messages app.

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. Until a fix has been released, we suppose users who are anxious about this can maybe try disabling Siri. Have you had any trouble with iOS 11? To do so, go to Settings Notifications select an app and turn off Show on Lock Screen.

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