If you have ever been in the situation where you wanted to hand your iPhone to someone to show them something, but you didn’t want them to be able to search through your photos when you weren’t looking, then there’s a new free jailbreak tweak for that called Protect Photos
by iOS developer Cunstuck.
Protect Photos is a tweak that allows you to set a password to keep people from being able to see any of your photos stored on the iOS device. The password can be used to secure the Photos application, secure the image picker in other applications that can view the photos, secure the image picker in the wallpaper settings, secure the Camera application itself, and even secure individual applications as a whole whether they have to do with photos or not.
To use the tweak, you’ll head over to the Settings application and open up the Protect Photos preferences pane. From here, you’ll be asked to enter your password, which by default is “Cunstuck.” You will be able to change this later:
From the preferences, you will be able to configure the things you want to protect. You will find toggle switches for protecting the Photos application, protecting your photos from the image picker, protecting the Camera application, and protecting your photos from the wallpaper preferences. At the bottom, you can protect individual applications, or change the password at your leisure:
Whenever you attempt to open the Photos application (or something else that is protected), you will be prompted to enter your password. If you can’t enter the password, then you will be denied access to the feature:
Protect Photos does come with a back door feature. If for any reason you forget your password, you will be able to enter the device’s UDID in the password field to gain access to the tweak’s settings and reset the password. This is a nice little feature for the forgetful, as the UDID is not something that is easily accessible on the fly by most, while the owner can simply plug into iTunes to get this information.
If you want to secure the photos in your Camera Roll, or just secure your applications as a whole, Protect Photos is worth checking out. After all, it’s completely free in Cydia’s BigBoss repository!