We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

5 ways to make a jailbroken Apple iPhone secure

Your hacked phone can be as secure as a stock iPhone

There's been a surge in attack codes aimed at jailbroken iPhone lately. However, fear not. We've got five top tips to ensure your hacked smartphone is as secure as standard stock iPhones.

4. 'Lockdown' app

In addition to turning on the built-in Passcode Lock in your system settings, if you're really serious about protecting your personal data and bombarding yourself with constant password entry, jailbreakers have the option to install the free Lockdown appfrom the Cydia store.

Lockdown allows you to either lock all your apps or specify a list so when you (or the sly dog who is using your iPhone) attempt to open an app, you are required to enter a numeric passcode.

5. Know what you're downloading

Jailbreaking gives you a whole lot more power over your iPhone.

Apps can access areas and features of your phone that Apple would prefer to keep under wraps- sometimes for good reason.

Take SSH for example. A lot of users downloaded OpenSSH because who wouldn't want to access their entire iPhone file system wirelessly?

Some people failed to read the included documentation that warned to change the default passwords and left themselves open to attack.

So do yourself a favour and make sure you know exactly what that app from Cydia does before you go ahead and install it.

Do your research and use common sense- because with great power comes great responsibility.

New: Try out PC Advisor's virtual BlackBerry

Mobile phone buying advice

See all mobile phone reviews

See also: Ikee iPhone worm hacker lands lucrative job

  1. Fear not, your hacked phone can be as secure as a stock iPhone
  2. Know what you're downloading

IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

Artist creates a geometric rave in a chapel for The House of St Barnabus

IDG UK Sites

Mac mini (Late 2014) 1.4 GHz review: Mac mini is sort of upgradable, but is it any good as it is?