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  • 'Notification Privacy' Keeps Unwanted Eyes From Seeing Your Push Notification Content


    The way Apple's push notifications work gives prying eyes a chance to read through your message conversations while you're away. They just stack up on your lock screen as unencrypted message previews and anyone with half of a brain can pick your iPhone from the table and put two and two together to find out what you were talking about without even having to unlock your device. With that being said, a passcode won't save you.

    If you want to give yourself some additional privacy and keep people from being able to read into the push notifications on your lock screen, a new free jailbreak tweak called Notification Privacy by iOS developer Dan Saba is now available that will mask your Lock Screen messages so they can't be read without unlocking your iOS device, as shown above.

    What the tweak allows you to do is input filler text that will be displayed on the lock screen in place of the normal notification content preview. In this case, we put "New Notification" as the filler text, so instead of the content of our text message being shown in the Lock Screen push notification, the tweak forced the text "New Notification" to be shown. With this feature implemented, if someone were to pick up my iPhone and read "New Notification," they wouldn't have any idea what the text message was about. This tweak is the perfect nosy person deterrent.

    After installing the tweak, you'll find a preferences pane in the Settings application where a few options can be configured to your liking:



    Here, you will be able to:


    • Enable and disable the tweak on demand
    • Choose the filler text that will appear on your lock screen
    • Choose to hide or show the filler text instead of notification content on the Lock Screen
    • Choose to hide or show the filler text instead of notification content on the Home Screen
    • Choose to hide or show the filler text instead of notification content in Notification Center
    • Choose to hide push notifications from the Lock Screen entirely
    • Choose to hide or show the title in push notifications
    • Choose the applications that you want to apply this tweak to
    • Use an Activator gesture to enable and disable the tweak on demand


    Notably, although we used the Messages application as an example, you can use this tweak for any application that puts push notifications on your Lock Screen, Home Screen, or in Notification Center. You can use this tweak to keep your Facebook messages a secret, your Skype messages a secret, or even your Kik messages a secret. In addition to the Lock Screen, the tweak will also let you customize what kind of information can be hidden or shown while on the Home Screen, or when you're in Notification Center. If you want to, you can pair this tweak with some kind of application-locking tweak, like BioProtect, and make it so that the only way you can see the content of your message is to authorize your way into the application.

    Notification Privacy appears to be a very solid way to keep nosy people from reading your personal information. If you want to give the free tweak a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository. Notification Privacy is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit iOS devices, and is an open source tweak. You can view the tweak's source code on Github via this link.

    Name: Notification Privacy
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.3-1
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.4
    Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Dan Saba
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Notification Privacy' Keeps Unwanted Eyes From Seeing Your Push Notification Content started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Just go into settings, NC, Messages, and turn off show preview
    1. Paulw2008's Avatar
      Paulw2008 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      Just go into settings, NC, Messages, and turn off show preview
      Yup ha
    1. kfernandes29's Avatar
      kfernandes29 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      Just go into settings, NC, Messages, and turn off show preview
      No kidding. I don't get this tweak. Lol
    1. dannyrocket's Avatar
      dannyrocket -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      Just go into settings, NC, Messages, and turn off show preview
      I was thinking the same thing. Wow I'm still scratching me head with this one?
    1. spqrguymontag's Avatar
      spqrguymontag -
      Maybe it hides messages from other apps as well like Facebook? Yup.

      "Notably, although we used the Messages application as an example, you can use this tweak for any application that puts push notifications on your Lock Screen, Home Screen, or in Notification Center."
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      I just don't get how this useless tweak rates a 5/5? About half of this stuff you can do already, and the other stuff is useless lol
    1. Answer1o1's Avatar
      Answer1o1 -
      There's been a lot of these type of tweaks lately. Stuff that you can do in settings..
    1. ELLSBLACK6's Avatar
      ELLSBLACK6 -
      Even when you select hide preview... Notification Center still shows a line of your text content! This tweak makes perfect sense if you allow texts to be shown in Notification Center.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by ELLSBLACK6 View Post
      Even when you select hide preview... Notification Center still shows a line of your text content! This tweak makes perfect sense if you allow texts to be shown in Notification Center.
      Mine doesn't! Just say iMessage. If your seeing a line of text? You have it on.
    1. rimshak's Avatar
      rimshak -
      The best example is Facebook Messenger. You don't have the option of hiding the preview. You can either turn the whole lock screen notification on or off. If you don't want people to read your messages, but at the same time you'd like to have some sort of visual indication you have a message waiting for you; then this is perfect. It's not as useless as you all may think. Of course iMessage has the option of hiding previews. Maybe a couple of other apps do as well, but in the flip side of that; a lot of apps out there don't.

      This is just what I've been waiting for. Honestly, I'd like someone to take it a step further and begin adding custom icons. Everyone is pretty familiar with the standard icons for FB, Messenger, etc. With false icons, YOU would know what has a new message, no one else would have a clue.

      Protecti takes a similar route by letting you type out custom notification names.

      Anyway, just wanted to chime in and shed a little light.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by rimshak View Post
      The best example is Facebook Messenger. You don't have the option of hiding the preview. You can either turn the whole lock screen notification on or off. If you don't want people to read your messages, but at the same time you'd like to have some sort of visual indication you have a message waiting for you; then this is perfect. It's not as useless as you all may think. Of course iMessage has the option of hiding previews. Maybe a couple of other apps do as well, but in the flip side of that; a lot of apps out there don't.

      This is just what I've been waiting for. Honestly, I'd like someone to take it a step further and begin adding custom icons. Everyone is pretty familiar with the standard icons for FB, Messenger, etc. With false icons, YOU would know what has a new message, no one else would have a clue.

      Protecti takes a similar route by letting you type out custom notification names.

      Anyway, just wanted to chime in and shed a little light.
      Well I have my phone by me or in my pocket, not needing to be that paranoid or secretive about what's being displayed on my screen. When in doubt? Tap the power button to shut off the screen.
    1. rimshak's Avatar
      rimshak -
      Good for you, but not everyone has the same life as you, though. I'm just saying this is handy for more people than you folks realize.
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      They need to make it where the notification and sound comes through but it doesn't auto light up the phone. So you have to push home to see what's there waiting. That way everyone around doesn't see your phone light up and look to see why. So annoying.
    1. coolemt's Avatar
      coolemt -
      Let's just say thanks for the tweak instead of making fun of it. Thanks for the tweak. Much appreciated
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolemt View Post
      Let's just say thanks for the tweak instead of making fun of it. Thanks for the tweak. Much appreciated
      Deff. Nice work
    1. rimshak's Avatar
      rimshak -
      That's a good idea; the leaving the screen off. Other tweaks have played that card and it's very handy.
    1. tihomirbg's Avatar
      tihomirbg -
      Actually, this tweak is great. I get what some are saying about Messages turning off the preview, but I use Hangouts also and there is no such option to turn preview off. This tweak does its job. Thanks
    1. eballesq's Avatar
      eballesq -
      Geez...folks ******** about a FREE tweak. Maybe you don't want the details of your PayPal payment to your favorite porn site to sit on your lock screen, but you still like seeing that you have a notification you can check at your leisure.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rimshak View Post
      The best example is Facebook Messenger. You don't have the option of hiding the preview. You can either turn the whole lock screen notification on or off. If you don't want people to read your messages, but at the same time you'd like to have some sort of visual indication you have a message waiting for you; then this is perfect. It's not as useless as you all may think. Of course iMessage has the option of hiding previews. Maybe a couple of other apps do as well, but in the flip side of that; a lot of apps out there don't.
      You can turn off the FB Messenger preview within Messenger settings.