News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday September 26, 2013.
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Apple has released an over-the-air update for iOS 7.0.2 meant to fix a security bug that allows anyone to press a few buttons and find a way to get beyond the lock screen and gain access to a user's photos. It was recently discovered that launching the timer app, holding down on the power button, and then cancelling the shutdown process would grant users access to the multi tasking menu and the camera roll, giving someone license to edit or delete photos. This update closes that loophole.
The lockscreen workaround is not the first method for bypassing lock screen security on iOS, and it probably will not be the last. Disabling Control Center access from the lock screen was previously the only way to ensure that the phone remain protected but Apple has made good on its promise to issue a fix for the problem in the near future. Apple iPhone users can better secure their devices by installing iOS 7.0.2 now by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.