'BioProtect' Lets You Protect Your Apps, App Switcher Using Touch ID
iPhone 5s users can now add an additional layer of security to their device that utilizes the built-in Touch ID sensor hardware. A new jailbreak tweak dubbed BioProtect
is available in Cydia from iOS developer Elias Limneos. The developer teased the tweak at the end of December
With BioProtect, users can keep unwanted eyes from getting into their applications and personal data. The tweak takes advantage of the iPhone 5s' Touch ID sensor, and requires the user to scan their fingerprint each time they try to open an application from the home screen. If the fingerprint can't be verified, then the application will not open. The tweak will also let users protect the App Switcher with Touch ID, preventing the App Switcher from being accessed if the fingerprint cannot be verified.
BioProtect adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can enable or disable the tweak on demand, enable or disable App Switcher protection, choose to have the device vibrate if the wrong fingerprint is scanned, choose the button color, and choose the applications that you want to have protected with Touch ID:
The button color pane is pretty cool. There are three different buttons colors you can choose from – black, silver, and gold. You can pick the one that matches your iPhone 5s for the best look and feel.
Using Touch ID to protect your applications is much more effective than using tweaks that let you use passcode authentication, because if someone watches over your shoulder and sees your passcode, then they have access to your device. On the other hand, if they see you use your fingerprint, then so what? Their fingerprint is different.
It should be noted that this tweak only runs on the iPhone 5s, as it relies on the Touch ID sensor. You cannot install this tweak on any other iOS device. If you want to give BioProtect a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository for $2.99.
iOS 7.0-7.0.4, iPhone 5s