Apple released iOS 9.3.1 update not long ago, fixing an issue that caused apps to be unresponsive after tapping links in Safari. Unfortunately, a new security flaw was found in iOS 9.3.1 lets handlers bypass iPhone 6s/6s Plus lock screen and access to Photos and Contacts. What does this happen and how to protect your iPhone privacy? Read on and we will give you some tricks in this article.
Right now this iPhone lockscreen bypass bug was said to occur only on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, due to the reason that these devices feature 3D Touch that is used to bypass the lockscreen and visit iPhone Photos/Contacts.
If you are using iPhone 6s (Plus) with iOS 9.2/9.3/9.3.1, try these steps below to test the iPhone 6s passcode bypass to visit photos/contacts.
Step 1: Lock your iPhone.
Step 2: Invoke Siri and say “Search Twitter”.
Step 3: When Siri asks what to search for, replying: “'at-sign Gmail dot com' or any other popular email domain. This aims to find a tweet containing a valid email address."
Step 4: In the search results, tap on a tweet with a valid email address.
Step 5: 3D Touch that email address to bring up the contextual menu.
Step 6: Tap “Create New Contact”, in the pop-up New Contact interface, click add photo. You may be asked to give Siri access to the Photo Library, confirm it and then you can view all photos in your device. While, when you choose “Add to Existing Contact”, you will be able to access to all Contacts in your iPhone.
With the aforementioned six steps, you may reproduce this iOS security flaw and bypass iPhone passcode.
Apple admits this Siri security bug and acts positively. The solution should roll out soon without need for an additional software update. Before there is an official patch, I recommend you to fix this iOS security threat by disabling Siri on the lockscreen to prevent potential hack.
Alternatively, you can just disable Photos access in Siri, so that no one can take advantage of this flaw to view any of personal pictures.
However, these tricks would not be enough in the long run. We can do more to protect iPhone privacy, such as removing sensitive data.
Tenorshare iCareFone(iPhone Care Pro) is a third-party software that offers free solution to clean iPhone sensitive data like Safari Cookies, Messages, browsing history, and more. You can enjoy iPhone faster and safer by deleting various kinds of junk files, cookies, caches, and residual files.
Install this software to any PC or Mac including the latest Windows 10 and OS X 10.11. Connect your iOS devices, including iPhone SE/6s/6, iPad Pro (9.7-inch and 12.9-inch), to computer with a USB cable. Follow the simple steps below to optimize and safeguard your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
On the main interface, choose Speedup & Clean section.
Click "Quick Scan" to scan files on your iOS device.
Tenorshare iCareFone will start to analyze your iPhone and scan the junk files, temporary files, large files, photos and apps on your iPhone.
Once the scan is completed, you can check the junk files that are found. Click Clean to get these unwanted files deleted immediately.
In addition to clean and tunup iOS, this iOS system optimizer offers more features like transfer files from iPhone to computer for backup, backup & restore iOS device without iTunes, fix various iOS stuck issues and even repair iOS system crash/error to avoid data loss. Hope this article gives you some insights. It is never too late to know how to protect our iPhone data from hacking.