Is Jailbreak safe? Nah, it’s not!
Just kidding, a lot of people tend to think that jailbreaking their device will expose them to a virus, malware, and trojan.
No, not unless you do one of these things.
- Add untrusted Cydia sources
- Installing piracy and skeptical tweaks
The fundamental of protecting a jailbroken device is not to install anything from untrustworthy sources.
Don’t believe me? Check out these news reports
- KeyRaider: iOS Malware Steals Over 225,000 Apple Accounts to Create Free App Utopia
- iOS Malware Campaign “Unflod Baby Panda”
- And a lot more you can find from the iPhone Wiki
From personal experience, having a jailbroken iPhone is a lot safer, it saves me a few times from thief. A study shows that Americans lost $30 billion worth of mobile devices during the year of 2011.
I could have been one of them. However, thanks to the finding of these tweaks, I’m no longer afraid of anyone trying to steal my iPhone.
Let’s Start with the Basic
When it comes to protecting an iOS device, users usually enable iCloud and use the Find My iPhone app. By far, this is one of the most simplistic thing anyone should’ve done and this action alone have already increased the security level their Apple devices.
How to Turn On Find My iPhone
- Go to Settings > iCloud
- Login using your Apple ID & Password
- Enable Find My iPhone and Send Last Location
To further advance the process, we can take a look at some of the jailbreak tweaks below from Cydia that can help you track your stolen iPhone, stop your device from being shutdown without permission, and let a civilian know how to contact you.
PickPocket is a free Cydia tweak developed by Ziph0n, who recently received the Jailbreak Awards 2015 and also a moderator on Reddit.
How to Install PickPocket Tweak
- Go to Cydia > Source > Edit
- Add this URL: http://repo.ziph0n.com/
This tweak will activate an alarm when the passcode is entered incorrectly (you can set the maximum of wrong passcode allowed) and this sound will ring endlessly until the device is unlocked using a right passcode or Touch ID.
PickPocket also prevent your iPhone from being shutdown without your permission by adding a password to it. As an iPhone owner, you can go to Settings > PickPocket and setup the Shutdown options.
iGotYa is a paid jailbreak tweak that allows you to potentially see who took your iOS device and track that person down. When a thief entered the wrong passcode, your iPhone will use the front camera and take a picture, so kinda like a selfie of the person who stole your phone.
How do I get that picture? During the setup procedure, you will be asked to enter your email address so that any information collected by iGotYa will be sent to you. Furthermore, this tweak will also let you track the thief by locating their location through your iPhone.
Have you ever looked at your friends, nephew or anyone close to you as a thief? I mean there are certain applications they should not be exposed to or even checked out in the first place on your iOS device.
BioProtect is a tweak that protect your applications with your Touch ID or Passcode. Not just apps, but you can also configure this tweak to prevent access to settings panes, folders, control center options, and more. Also, power down will be restricted. This means the device can’t be turned off unless it has the correct Touch ID.
You can purchase and install BioProtect for devices running iOS 7, 8 and 9 from the ModMyi repository.
Even though you can put a restriction on the power down feature so that the location of your thief can be located, if the thief is smart enough, he or she will enable Airplane Mode. This trigger the device to become untraceable.
This can be resolved using Polus, a Control Center tweak for your iPhone that provide the feature to restrict Lock Screen access. In other words, you can remove Airplane Mode, Brightness, and other features from Control Center anywhere outside of your home screen.
This means the thief won’t be to turn off Airplane Mode, turn on Bluetooth, etc without unlocking your iPhone. Once your device is unlocked, all the hidden switches will display again. The location to configure this is Settings -> Polus -> Top Shelf.
IfFound 3 make it easier for someone who found your iPhone to return it back to you. What it does is displaying your information on the lock screen. Thus, the person will know how to get in touch with you and give the device back.
The tweak adds a button called If Found to the lockscreen and it’s appearing next to the camera grabber. When someone tap on the button, it will display your name, phone number, home address, and email.
If Found also has a Call button from its screen, once pressed, it will call the phone number directly. iOS 8 and 9 users can find this tweak on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $0.99.
Did you know that you can track your iPhone without tracking app? You don’t even need any of the tweaks we have mentioned. The catch here is that you have to activate Find My iPhone settings from the iCloud settings first (referred to the instructions above).
If that is enabled while your iPhone was stolen, you can quickly go on iCloud.com, login using your Apple credentials, and choose the Find iPhone icon. From there, you have a few actions to choose from, these include.
- Play Sound: Jam a super loud sound for two minutes.
- Lost Mode: This makes it possible to locate your device even if someone turned off location services.
- Erase iPhone: In case you can’t find the phone, this will erase all content and settings.
And that is all we got when it comes to polishing your iPhone security especially when it gets stolen or misplaced at some other places. I hope that through this article, you will be able to know how to locate your iPhone when someone steal it and/or prevent your iOS device from a thief.
Let us know in the comment section below if you have any better ideas or applications to track an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.