AppLocker by iOS developer Ori Kadosh, is one of the most popular app security jailbreak tweaks in Cydia, and it has been updated this week with full support for iOS 10.
AppLocker lets you create a password that you will use to access your apps; it’s requested every time you launch an app, and if you can’t provide it, you can’t use the app.
AppLocker gives you the peace of mind that people aren’t tampering with your stuff because it adds an extra layer of security beyond the passcode for your most sensitive apps, including: Cydia, Settings, Filza, and even those you’ve downloaded from the App Store for things like banking, social networking, and more.
The tweak puts a preferences pane to the Settings app where you can toggle the tweak on or off and configure a host of options to tailor the tweak to your unique needs:
There are five different sections to the settings we’ll outline for you below, including General, Application Locking, Folder Locking, Reset Password Phrase, and More:
Under the General preferences pane, you can configure:
- Toggle session locking, which means you only enter your password once while the device is unlocked and won’t have to enter it until you unlock the device again
- Force the device to kick you to the Lock screen if the app password entered is wrong
- Automatically launch an app after the correct password is entered without tapping on the “Launch” button afterwards
- Display the numeric keypad for entering your password if you aren’t using any letters in your password
- Choose your password
Under the Application Locking preferences pane, you can manage the security of your apps. The options available include:
- Choose the individual apps that are locked with AppLocker
- Invert your selection so that the apps turned off are locked with AppLocker (great for enabling the tweak for all apps without painstakingly turning them all on)
Under the Folder Locking preferences pane, you can manage the security of your folders. The options available include:
- Toggle folder-locking on or off
- Enter the name of up to five folders you want password-protected
Reset Password Phrase
Under the Reset Password Phrase preferences pane, you can configure a way to reset your password in the unlikely event that you forget it. Options include:
- Toggle password resetting on or off
- Choose the secret phrase that will enable resetting of your password
Under the More preferences pane, you can:
- Lock your Home screen’s application layout so that apps can’t be moved or deleted
- Disable AppLocker’s protection when your device is connected to specific Wi-Fi networks, such as at home where you doubt anyone else will touch your device
As you’ve seen so far, AppLocker has quite the impressive list of options, but since you might worried about someone going into the Settings app and changing your security options on you, you’ll be ecstatic to hear that the developer has you covered on this front too.
When you open the tweak’s preferences pane in the Settings app to change your settings, you’re prompted for your password; like so:
AppLocker is a great way to add an extra layer of security to your jailbroken iPhone or iPad when you think there’s a possibility someone might know your passcode. It’s also useful when you want to give someone else your device to use, but don’t want them using certain apps.
Do you feel the need to add an additional layer of security to your iPhone or iPad with AppLocker? Share why or why not in the comments section below.