It was only a few days ago that a major issue in iOS 7 was discovered that left e-mail attachments unencrypted. The issue is present in iOS 7.0, all the way up to the most recent iOS 7.1.1, and was discovered by a security researcher known by the name of Andreas Kurtz.
Apple is reportedly aware of the issue, although they haven't yet presented a fix to the public even though the company says they are working on one. On the other hand, if you want to get yourself protect NOW instead of later, and you aren't interested in updating your software and losing your jailbreak when they finally do release a fix, then you can take advantage of a new free jailbreak tweak called AttachmentEncryptor by iOS developer Ryan Petrich.
The tweak is basically a hot-fix that will make sure your e-mail attachments don't go unencrypted. The benefit to using this tweak rather than one of Apple's software updates is obvious, since Apple will release a software update that is not jailbreakable to fix the problem. Evasi0n7, the most recent jailbreak tool made available for the jailbreak community, was patched two firmwares ago in iOS 7.1.
If you're worried about your safety and want to grab this fix, it's available for free in Ryan Petrich's beta repository in Cydia. To get it, add Ryan Petrich’s beta repository by following the steps below:
- tap on the Manage tab
- tap on the Sources button
- tap on the Edit button
- tap on the Add button
- enter the following URL and then tap Add Source:
Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.6
Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6
Repo: Ryan Petrich's beta repository
Developer: Ryan Petrich
Editor's Rating: 5/5