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Your iPad 2 Smart Cover Has a Major Security Flaw


"If I have a Smart Cover here, I can jump into the last open app or the home screen on the iPad 2..."

Yesterday, The Blaze revealed that you could bypass a password-protected iPhone and still use Siri -- the voice-activated digital assistant -- to perform common function. Now, it looks as if iPad 2 has its own password-related security flaw.

9 to 5 Mac (via Business Insider) reports that the flaw resides in the product's "Smart Cover." A Smart Cover is the colorful, magnetic cover that livens up your iPad, protects it and gives its "stand" functionality. When you think you've locked your iPad 2 or put it to sleep and closed the cover, you've really just opened the door for your password to be bypassed the next time the cover is opened. Any application you leave open before iPad goes into sleep mode -- iMessage, Contacts, browsers, etc. -- can be viewed now without a password.

Watch how it works:

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9 to 5 Mac notes that if someone were to use this technique to enter your iPad, they would not have fully access to all your content, but anything you left open when it went into lock mode would be fair game.

You can temporarily prevent this from happening, according to 9 to 5 Mac, by disabling the Smart Cover unlocking setting.

For now, the issue only seems to occur with iOS 5, but 9 to 5 Mac does say they've received reports of it happening with iOS 4.3

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