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iPhone Security Glitch Allows Bypass of Lock Screen

By William Peacock, Esq. on February 14, 2013 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Security, smechurity, right? If you use an iPhone that has updated to iOS 6, your passcode-protected phone might not be so secure after all. According to Gizmodo, a relatively simple series of button presses will allow anyone with the phone in hand to bypass the lock screen and enter the phone app, allowing them to make calls, send messages, and view and edit contacts.

The trick works using the following steps, per some guy on YouTube:

  • From the passcode screen, go to emergency call
  • Push down the power button and tap cancel
  • Dial 112 (Perhaps 911 for us in the United States) and tap green and immediately red
  • Go to lock screen
  • Go to passcode screen
  • Keep pushing down the power button for three seconds
  • Before the "turn off" slider shows, tap the emergency call button while continuing to hold the power button
  • Press the home button and you now have access to the Phone App.

We haven't gotten this to work yet because we are too afraid of accidently calling 911 and having the five-oh knock down the door. Here is a video, however, of the trick in action:

If you are an iPhone owner, you should be aware of the possible security glitch -- especially if you have client info or contacts on your phone. A similar issue crept up on iOS 4 and was patched by Apple about a month later, so we'd expect a solution from Cupertino soon. Remember to update your phone's operating system as soon as the updates are released by Apple, if you are already on iOS 6 or higher. If you are still on iOS 5 or lower, we'd hold off on upgrading until the new security bug is squashed.

Also, note that what this glitch won't do is allow someone to access your apps or home screen. So, while they can make calls, use up your minutes, possibly call internationally, send text messages, and access the contact information for everyone in your phone, at least they won't be able to access any sensitive data in your other apps.

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