Chances are you probably wouldn’t like it if someone you knew secretively began tracking your every move via Apple’s Find My service, but would you actually ever know if someone was? Apple unfortunately doesn’t provide any sort of straightforward notification to let you know when your handset is being tracked, but the jailbreak community now offers a solution for that.
Say hello to a newly released and free jailbreak tweak dubbed Chusma by iOS developer Itaybre. Once installed, this tweak provides its users with real-time push notifications whenever anyone begins tracking your iPhone or iPad with Apple’s first party Find My service.
Above are some screenshot examples that depict the appearance of Chusma’s push notifications. At this time, they merely state that someone is tracking your device’s location through Find My iPhone, and a separate push notification appears each time the service gets refreshed on the tracker’s end.
Chusma works whether someone else is actively logged into your iCloud account on another machine or whether they initiated location sharing on your handset without permission. Whether your situation involves a nosy significant other, some over-protective parental units, or a mischievous stranger, Chusma offers at least some peace of mind in that you’ll know when somebody has their eyes on you. After you receive the alert that you’re being tracked, it’ll be that much easier for you to turn of location services or Apple’s Find My service, effectively halting your stalker.
At the time of this writing, Chusma is relatively barebones and only comes with a mere toggle switch in the Settings app to turn the tweak on or off on demand:
Citing the developer, there are plans to add more features to Chusma in the future. Among those, Chusma will soon keep a log of when and where you’re being tracked, and it may even attempt to guess who it is that’s tracking you. All are wonderful ideas, and sure to make a great tweak even better.
If you’re worried that someone might be exploiting your handset’s Find My iPhone app, then you can download Chusma for free from Itaybre’s personal beta repository via your preferred package manager. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 13 devices and will soon be made open source.
Those who aren’t already using Itaybre’s beta repository can add it to their preferred package manager using the following URL:
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