Apple Genius Feature EVERYONE should enable stop tips to bypass your Face ID

IF YOU worry about snoopers reading your messages, this iPhone setting will help you sleep well at night.

Once activated, it makes Apple’s facial recognition system even more secure – making sure your messages and data are safe from prying eyes.

Face ID is a secure way to keep your messages safe from prying eyes


Face ID is a secure way to keep your messages safe from prying eyesCredit: AFP

Apple launched Face ID in 2017 as an alternative to a passcode to make it easier to unlock your iPhone.

It uses a laser project and scanning technology to accurately map your face in 3D, identifying you with a “one in a million” failure rate.

However, crooks can bypass the security feature by scanning your face without your knowledge, such as while you are sleeping.

To stop this, you can ask your device to check if your eyes are open and your attention is directed to the device before unlocking.

This setting is called “Request Attention for Face ID” and uses the TrueDepth camera, Apple’s artificial intelligence-powered face scanning technology.

Apple says the “TrueDepth camera will provide an additional level of security by verifying that you’re looking”.

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To try it for yourself, go to Setting > Face ID & Passcode. Turn on Attention required for Face ID.

Now, your iPhone will only unlock when your eyes are open and looking at the screen.

However, this setting has its limitations. For example, when enabled, you can’t unlock iPhone with Face ID while wearing sunglasses.

The same technology can also show notifications and messages, keep the screen on while you’re reading, or lower the volume of alerts.

Towards Setting > Face ID & Passcode. Turn on Attention-aware features.

That’s not the only way pranksters can bypass the lock on your iPhone.

One easy trick Allows anyone holding your iPhone or iPad to send messages to your friends and family even when it’s locked.

It involves stealthily using Siri to move around the lock screen.

Apple’s Siri personal assistant lets you send messages, email, and even make calls without even touching your iPhone or iPad.

Simply ask her to send something to a contact using the wake word “hey Siri” and she’ll take it seriously.

The thing is, Siri opens your phone to naughty people trying to send trick messages from your phone.

By default, widgets with Siri (that’s anything newer than iPhone 4S or iPad 3) let you talk to her even when your screen is locked.

All the scammer needs to do is hold your phone and say “Hey Siri, text dad” or “Hey Siri, text Rosie” and they’ll be asked to read a message.

Whatever they say will then be sent to your contact but will be the same as sent by you – potentially putting you in hot water.

Fear not, though, as Apple has provided fans with an easy way to turn the feature off.

Towards Setting > Siri and search > Ask Siri > off Allow Siri when locked.

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Security Tools Launching on iPhones in 2017Credit: Alamy

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