Smart Cover Breaks iPad PassCode Locks on iPad 2
Hold on to your iPad 2. Even if you PassCode lock your precious iPad, anyone with a Smart Cover can break in and access whatever you had up on your last use.
This new security flaw comes days after we shared that Siri will allow users to access your contacts, send texts, set up reminders and prank you with a nickname and photos cluttering your photo stream.
The problem happens when you lock your iPad 2, and allow it to be unlocked by smart cover.
You can see a demonstration of this security issue in the video below.
If you want to test out this security issue on you iPad 2, you need to follow these directions from 9to5Mac.
1) Lock a password protected iPad 2
2) Hold down power button until iPad 2 reaches turn off slider
3) Close Smart Cover
4) Open Smart Cover
5) Click cancel on the bottom of the screen
This is an issue because it could allow someone to access your email, contacts and more. Thankfully, even if you left iTunes up, they shouldn’t e able to make any purchases without your password.
Until Apple addresses this issue, you can protect your iPad by disabling Smart Cover Unlocking in the settings.
If you keep your iPad at home most of the time, you can probably worry less about this issue, than if you use it for business and are always on the go.
Hopefully Apple releases a patch soon to fix what appears to be an iOS 5 issue.