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  • '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.

    Name: BioProtect
    Price: $2.99
    Version: 0.1-460
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.4, iPhone 5s
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Elias Limneos
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'BioProtect' Lets You Protect Your Apps, App Switcher Using Touch ID started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. shigh's Avatar
      shigh -
      Been using for about four days. Great tweak
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Very nice! Better than "Restrictions" that comes native on iOS. No one wants to type out a pw when you can use a finger print..good stuff!
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      I have a similar tweak called BioLockdown by Ryan Petrich.
    1. Toproaster's Avatar
      Toproaster -
      Would be good to know if there are any major differences between this and the above mentioned tweak. I have been using this one and found it great but both guys are awesome devs with some brilliant stuff. Be interested in a comparison between the two.
    1. ProfessorJack's Avatar
      ProfessorJack -
      BioLockDown
      And Virtual Home

      Work we'll together I'm trying to get Ryan to apply more touch like Virtual Home to his Bio Lock but he is having trouble under standing the way I've mailed him can some one mail him and ask once you guys have both of these installed you will see what I mean
      Then take Virtual Home off then you will see what's needed in his Bio Lock

      This tweak for this thread will not work with either of these it's good but could be a lot better Bio Lock and home are compete and work really we'll

      Happy new year all

      Quote Originally Posted by Toproaster View Post
      Would be good to know if there are any major differences between this and the above mentioned tweak. I have been using this one and found it great but both guys are awesome devs with some brilliant stuff. Be interested in a comparison between the two.
      Yes there is the apps are touch only the rest if the phone example lock screen and sleep are press the bio button
      I think the bio button could were out in time
    1. eballesq's Avatar
      eballesq -
      BioLockDown by Petrich is excellent (and $1 cheaper). Ability to lock specific switches and settings panes in addition to apps.
    1. ProfessorJack's Avatar
      ProfessorJack -
      Quote Originally Posted by eballesq View Post
      BioLockDown by Petrich is excellent (and $1 cheaper). Ability to lock specific switches and settings panes in addition to apps.
      It is but could be better it don't cover home screen mult task sleep or lock screen with Touch this is what I mailed Petrich but he did not under me under his app it's all ID BUTTON PRESSING

      Vertical Home takes care of these
    1. LudaChris's Avatar
      LudaChris -
      i too saw this a few days ago.
      after reading its description, my first thought was, what happens to those app that are bio locked if the bio sensor fails.
      i asked its maker, still no reply.

      i just asked Ryan the same about his version.
    1. Christophxr's Avatar
      Christophxr -
      Badass.
    1. ProfessorJack's Avatar
      ProfessorJack -
      Guess what guys I've hit a fault from no where I can not turn off my phone with out the BIO asking me for the finger
    1. karloz25's Avatar
      karloz25 -
      The native touch ID is faulty, every 5 to 7 days it stops reading my print and I have to redo it all over again. Also every 5 days or so the AppStore purchase touchID also ask me for passcode to confirm. Very frustrating. Hopefully this tweak is more precise. And is there a passcode override?
    1. trevorrawson's Avatar
      trevorrawson -
      I've used both and they both work great. With BioLockDown you get the ability to lock certain switches and functions in the settings pane that you don't get with Bio Protect. What I love most about BioLockDown as you can now set a grace period before having to reenter you finger print. This comes in huge when you keep getting back to back texts. One problem when using this with Virtual Home is many times I leave my finger on the scanner for too long and it pops up the multi-tasking instead of the app I was opening. I am hoping Virtual Home comes out with a longer delay for opening up Multi-tasking. So while they both work great, BioLockDown has a few more features and is less expensive.

      Oh and BioLockDown makes the screen shot of protected apps blurry in multi-tasking. In case people try to be sneaky.
    1. ProfessorJack's Avatar
      ProfessorJack -
      I have to reinstall a new ispw from iTunes phones is stuffed clock batt from status bar is now missing as well as the ID problem
    1. eballesq's Avatar
      eballesq -
      re: Virtual Home, I uninstalled that and am using Activator to set the TouchID to act as a home button. That, w/ BioLockDown, seems to be a winning combo -- and I can still take screenshots.
    1. cookbenj's Avatar
      cookbenj -
      Great tweak, used for a while does have a few bugs but what doesn't these days?
      As for those having problems with the sensor to fix you need to go to the bathroom and wash hands thoroughly and clean the home button too with a cleaning cloth
    1. stolenpentium's Avatar
      stolenpentium -
      In theory the app is great; however, it fails to read fingerprint every couple of days. Also, multiple emails to the dev. with no response is bad for business. That said, I would try the other quoted app/tweak.
    1. ProfessorJack's Avatar
      ProfessorJack -
      Now using buy pass and activator
      With virtual Home and can still use screen capture buy passing the pass code is magic with a single touch
    1. FireSpyder's Avatar
      FireSpyder -
      Quote Originally Posted by cookbenj View Post
      Great tweak, used for a while does have a few bugs but what doesn't these days?
      As for those having problems with the sensor to fix you need to go to the bathroom and wash hands thoroughly and clean the home button too with a cleaning cloth
      Agreed. Just clean the sensor!