Many people take their security very seriously, especially when they’re connected to the internet and personal sharing information with apps and websites.

If you’re one of the people who likes to stay secure and you also have a jailbroken device, then you might find yourself really interested in a new free jailbreak tweak called SmartVPN by developer zyb.

The tweak essentially lets you have a more effective VPN service on your iPhone or iPad by letting you choose apps that, when launched, will toggle the VPN service on automatically. Then, when you finish using one of these apps, the VPN will shut off automatically until you open another designated app.

The idea behind this tweak is simple: to let you choose the apps that you want to be the most secure in, and while most people will jump the gun and say that they want to be secure in all their apps (hey, I don’t blame you!), not all apps work great with VPNs, so sometimes the Connect On Demand feature isn’t the best for everyone.

That said, the ability to configure your VPN to be used on a per-app basis is particularly useful, and might fit most people’s usage patterns a whole lot better.

SmartVPN adds a preferences pane to the Settings app where you can quickly and easily designate what apps your VPN service will be enabled for:

Anything you turn on in here will toggle your VPN when launched. Likewise, any apps that you don’t turn on won’t toggle the VPN when launched.

As you can see, we have the App Store and Cydia Store both turned on, so whenever we launch either of those apps, SmartVPN automatically kicks on the VPN that we have installed on our iPhone:

It’s worth noting that you need to have a VPN service configured on your device in order for SmartVPN to work. If you don’t, you can install one from the App Store, such as Private Internet Access (paid, but awesome) or Tunnel Bear (free).

Related: Why and how to use a VPN on your iOS device or Mac

If you’re interested in trying SmartVPN, you can download it for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository right now. The tweak works on all jailbroken devices from iOS 8 to iOS 10.

What are your thoughts on SmartVPN? Share in the comments below.

  • Will Moore

    For iOS I can recommend TracelessVPN, it is working great for me on all of my devices and also offers seamless online protection.

  • Will Moore

    For iOS I can recommend TracelessVPN, it is working great for me on all of my devices and also offers seamless online protection.

  • jaimem17

    iOS 10? it doesn’t seem to work… actually the tweak description says iOS 8/9

  • B.A.M.F.

    am i the only one that literally has no idea what a VPN is lol…. whats it even used for and should i look in to it??

    • RK

      VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and what it essentially does is that it routes your internet connection through the service providers servers located elsewhere (when’re there are no context restrictions like YouTube, Facebook, VOIP Calling etc). For a layman, it changes your IP address as if you are browsing from a different location than your actual location. Hope it helps.

    • Hey, we included a link in the post so you can learn more about VPNs. It’s a good read: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/02/10/why-how-to-use-a-vpn/

  • M_thoroughbred

    “Many people take their security very seriously”
    If you were concerned with security I don’t think that you would have you’re iPhone jailbroken?

    • Osorio11

      Absolute nonsense: there even was a couple of years ago a vulnerability in a stock iOS version that was patched by a developer on cydia earlier than Apple came with a comparable patch. Really: read more and get your facts straight before showing you are so uninformed!

      • :D

        A jailbroken phone is less secure though because it’s more open to attacks. If you’re careful then it’s not an issue.

      • M_thoroughbred

        The only way to jailbreak an iPhone is by finding a vulnerability and exploiting it. I got what you’re saying but a jailbreak still a security breach in the operating system

      • Osorio11

        Than I still wonder how extremely open to attacks and viruses or something like that Android phones or tablets are. It seems like the ecosystem of Android is like a house in a big city where the father never closes the door compared with the on the other hand extremely closed environment of iOS.