A security flaw in iOS can let anyone use your iPad 2 using a smartcover

A major security flaw in iOS has been discovered by 9to5Mac that can allow any one with smartcovers to unlock your password protected iPad 2 and use the last opened application including email, messages, contacts etc without your consent. According to 9to5Mac, this flaw is found in iOS 5 as well as in iOS 4.3. Although the person who unlocks your device with this method won’t be able to run anything else besides the app you were using the last time when you locked your device, it is still a major threat because most people don’t bother to close the application they are using before locking their iOS devices.

Using this flaw in iOS to unlock an iPad 2 is very simple and easy. Firstly, password protect an iPad 2 and lock it. Now hold down the power button until the turn off slider appears on your screen. Now close the Smartcover, and after two seconds open it. Tap on the ‘Cancel’ button from the bottom of your screen, and now you should be in the app or page that was last opened on your iPad 2 before you locked it.

We hope that Apple fixes this issue soon, as this is a major privacy threat for iPad 2 users.

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