Apple Says iOS Can Send Data Through Third-Party Keyboards

Last week, Apple released iOS 13.1 and iPadOS. While the upgrade fixed several bugs from version 13, Apple has already warned users of another bug in the latest update.

Apple says the bug can allow third-party keyboards installed on iOS 13 and iPadOS to gain “full access” even if you haven’t authorized this. Keyboards with full access can send data and anything you type to the internet where information can be hacked.  iOS 13.2 has already entered beta testing which will presumably fix the bug.

Popular third-party keyboards include Google’s Gboard, SwiftKey, and Grammarly. If you use one of them, you have probably already granted the applications full access. If so, there is nothing to worry about. If you walk on the more cautious side and not granted full access, you might want to temporarily delete third-party keyboards until the bug is fully repaired. It is always best to delete any apps you don’t trust.

Apple as a default setting to prevent third-party developers from recording your passwords by switching to the iOS keyboard in the password field when using third-party keyboards.

The 13.1 update also includes a swipe feature called QuickPath when inputting text. This new feature is an effort to compete with third-party keyboard apps.

To check for third-party keyboards installed  on Apple devices go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards -> Edit.

Source: The Verge