Lock down your apps and improve notification privacy with PrivaSee

If you’re like most people, then your privacy is important to you. Fortunately, a new jailbreak tweak called PrivaSee by iOS developer smokin1337 can augment your iPhone’s privacy features with an elegant blur effect that can only be dismissed with the help of biometric authentication.

PrivaSee does a variety of things to help improve your privacy throughout your daily workflow. Not only can it lock other people out of apps on your device, but it can protect the contents of incoming notification banners until you’ve authenticated yourself with Face ID or Touch ID.

All in all, consider PrivaSee to be an extra line of defense in the unlikely event that someone glances over your shoulder or figures out your passcode. In the demo video below, provided by the developer, you can see how the tweak works:

PrivaSee in action

After you install PrivaSee, you’ll find a dedicated preference pane in the Settings app where you can configure a few options:

Here, you can:

  • Toggle the tweak on or off on demand
  • Choose which apps will be protected by PrivaSee
  • Enable a glow effect around protected apps
  • Choose a glow color
  • Configure a custom glow radius
  • Configure a custom blur amount
  • Blur notification content while your handset is locked
  • Prevent the display from waking when you receive new notifications
  • Prevent repeated alerts

Once you’re satisfied with your configurations, you can respring your device to save your changes.

In case you didn’t already notice from the screenshot examples above, PrivaSee includes a complementary Control Center toggle button. If you’re using iOS 11, then you’ll need CCSupport to use it; those using iOS 10 will need the classic Flipswitch/Activator combo instead.

If you’re the anxious type, then PrivaSee can help give you a little more peace of mind. You can grab it right now for $1.49 from Cydia’s Packix repository, and the tweak works with all jailbroken iOS 10 and 11 devices.

What are your thoughts about PrivaSee and how it protects your information? Share in the comments section below.