iOS 13 bug grants access to third party keyboards | typing
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  1. Are you using an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch? 
  2. Did you install the latest iOS 13 or iPadOS software update? 
  3. Do you have a third party keyboard installed on your device, because you like fancy typing or you suck at spellings? Say Gboard, Switfkey etc.? 

Note: Apple’s inbuilt keyboards are not included in this.  

Well, if your answer to the above three questions is ‘Yes’, then keep reading because you are at risk of a potential threat.

Wait, what? What threat?

Well, Apple recently came with its major new update (iOS 13 and iPadOS) which, unfortunately, contained a bug that allowed third party keyboard apps to get FULL ACCESS to what you are typing without your permission. Pretty scary, right?

keyboard popup

But the good part is that not all keyboards ask for ‘full access’, which means that if you are using one of those, then you can go on typing your way to glory without any apprehensions.

 But the bad news is that the keyboards which do ask for ‘full access’, can now get it without your permission or in spite of your denial

That sucks!

And this means these third party apps have or can have a sweet grand view to everything you type- your passwords, your bank details, your conversations, your favourite slang, and the address of where you have hidden your family treasure. So stop typing and find out which keyboards are exploiting this bug and putting you at risk.

 

Dear God! What’s the permanent solution?

Update. Thankfully, Apple has quickly addressed the issue here and released a new update that fixes the bug. So, you can:

  1. Download the latest 13.1.1 update for iOS/iPadOS.
  2. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards and check which keyboards have ‘full access’.
  3. Disable all third party keyboards. 
  4. Only install third party keyboard apps from reputed developers like Google, Swiftkey, Grammarly etc.
  5. Follow our news blog to stay updated about your online security. Remember, awareness is the first step towards cyber safety.

Do you know about any third party keyboards which you think are safe and do not ask for ‘full access’? We would love to hear your views in the comments section. 

Stay tuned, stay safe.

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