If you have a Windows 10 Mobile smartphone, beware this bug
Windows 10 Mobile users have been warned to up their security measures after the discovery of a new bug that could make all their photos public.
The bug allows anyone to view the images saved on a Windows 10 Mobile device due to a shortcoming in the platform's preview screen.
Anyone looking to get access will not even need to know the user's PIN number – as all that is apparently needed is to get your hands on the device.
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The bug, which was reported by Brazilian technology site WindowsTeam.BR, is worryingly easy to activate.
When confronted with the lock screen, just open up the camera app (which is directly accessible with a quick swipe) and take a photo.
Then, tap on the preview photo option, shown by a thumbnail image in the lower left of the screen, and then delete the photo that has been taken.
Repeating these steps will then result in a black screen being shown, which when clicked on, will allow the user to view all the photos and videos stored on the device.
The bug has been reported to Microsoft's feedback hub, but there's no comment from the company yet on how it's planning to address the fault.
The news is the latest worrying story to affect Windows 10 Mobile in recent months as Microsoft attempts to keep its struggling software competing with the likes of iOS and Android.
Despite these troubles, Microsoft has unveiled a number of new features for Windows 10 Mobile, which could form a major part of the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, set for for release in April.
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This includes an update that will make Windows 10 Mobile smarter than ever before with a couple of useful update to the company’s Microsoft Edge browser.
The program is now able to speak to Windows 10 Mobile users thanks to a new “read aloud” button.
Similar to Apple’s Siri feature, Microsoft Edge will now be able to read out your e-books, which were enabled on Windows 10 devices earlier this year.
The update also allows Microsoft Edge to show off full-colour emoji for the first time when visiting websites.
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Microsoft's other updates will also bring a number of existing Windows 10 PC features to mobile devices for the first time.
This includes the ‘Night Light’ feature, which cuts down on the amount of blue light emitted from your device at night – something which has been proven to damage user’s ability to sleep.
The update should also include a number of improvements to the Windows 10 Continuum feature, which allows users to work across several different devices.
There may even be a place for the new ‘picture in picture’ feature shown off in the latest Windows 10 PC preview, which would allow multiple apps to run on screen at the same time.
Microsoft will be hoping to turn around the dwindling Windows 10 market share with the long-rumoured Surface Phone.
The Intel-powered smartphone is expected to ship alongside the next blockbuster update to Windows 10 Mobile, dubbed Redstone 3.
Surface Phone is believed to be a flagship smartphone with an industrial design similar to the Surface Book and Pro 4 tablet, along flagship-level materials and a premium price tag to match.
Read Express.co.uk's guide to everything we know about the Surface Phone here.