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  • 'Protecti' Brings A Flurry of Security Options to Your iOS Device


    We have seen a myriad of attempted security enhancement tweaks in Cydia before, but not like this. Protecti, by iOS developer gviridis, gives you a plethora of options for keeping people out of your personal, virtual belongings. We all know that our phones keep personal messages, photographs, and histories that should never be searched through by other eyes without permission. Protecti will keep those eyes from ever seeing your personal material and it can be enabled or disabled on demand so that you can keep your phone under high security only when you need it to be.

    Unlike the other tweaks in Cydia, Protecti goes far beyond just locking users out of specific applications and then asking for a password every time the app attempts to be opened. Protecti will also disable notifications for your selected applications so the person using your device doesn’t peek upon your notifications. You can also disable the application you choose to lock from being opened in other places like the multitasking App Switcher, SpotLight, or even by tapping on a notification if you don’t have them hidden.

    If you choose to disable notifications for the applications you choose, the options for the content you can hide are extensive. You can hide banners, alerts, Notification Center items, lock screen items, badge numbers, or any combination of the aforementioned notification types. Additionally, you can opt for iOS not to show any attachments in the notification – for example getting a picture message in the Messages application – the picture will not be shown in the banner or on the lock screen.

    If you don’t disable the notifications, you can simply mess around with the nosy person instead. Protecti comes with a feature to set your own personalized notifications that display when an application tries to display a notification. Instead of letting the application display the notification that it wants to show you, you can use Protecti to show a notification with a title, subtitle, and even its own content that you create right from Protecti’s preferences pane. This is great (and need we mention fun?) because not only can you hide the notifications of your selected applications, but you can also poke fun at the nosy person for not being able to see your notifications. A customized test-banner is shown below:



    Apart from all of these larger features, Protecti comes with the miscellaneous features including the ability to use an Activator action to enable and disable the tweak (you can password protect disabling the tweak so you can remain safe without someone else disabling it), disable Notification Center altogether, disable the ability to uninstall applications from your home screen, disable the ability to move your home screen applications around, disable Siri, disable pasteboard, and even hide your photographs. The full preferences pane (long, but fully-featured) is shown below:



    Clarifying some gray areas of Protecti:

    "Well can’t the user just disable Protecti from the preferences pane?"If you lock the settings application from being opened while Protecti is enabled, the user will not be able to access the preferences pane and therefore cannot disable your security tweak on you.

    "What happens when you lock applications with Protecti?"Applications locked with Protecti cannot be launched until Protecti is disabled. Tapping on them will yield no response. Applications that are not locked can be launched as usual.

    "What if the user figures out my Activator action and disables Protecti?"If you choose not to have a password with Protecti, this would mean the user has access to everything. You can guard against this by having a password with Protecti. Once invoking the Activator action, Protecti will ask the user to enter your password to release Protecti's grips from the iOS device.

    Need a security application for iOS? Protecti is likely one of the most fully featured security tweaks on Cydia today. It comes in at $2.99 to grab a copy, however the features are very extensive and offer you personalization, beyond what anybody with intent of looking at your personal belongings, would be able to figure out. It works great, all features are planned for security, and you will enjoy this tweak. You will need to be running iOS 5 to install Protecti.

    Name: Protecti
    Price: $2.99
    Version: 0.7
    Requirements: iOS 5
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: gviridis
    Editor's Rating:  4/5

    Sources: gviridis
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Protecti' Brings A Flurry of Security Options to Your iOS Device started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. erichb1's Avatar
      erichb1 -
      Is this compatible with iBlacklist?

      Thanks!

      Looks great by the way.

      is this compatible with iBlacklist?
    1. gviridis's Avatar
      gviridis -
      Quote Originally Posted by sk0tto View Post
      Just installed this and it works great! One caveat however, I have BiteSMS Quick Compose set to launch when I double tap the status bar. Even with BiteSMS locked and the URL Scheme thingy enabled, the quick compose window still opens, and I'm able to browse through recent conversation by clicking on a name and swiping down from the top of the window...
      For the feature you request, I must disable activator. I will try to add this feature. Thanks for your feedback.

      Quote Originally Posted by erichb1 View Post
      Is this compatible with iBlacklist?

      Thanks!

      Looks great by the way.

      is this compatible with iBlacklist?
      I will test the compatible with iBlacklist for you. Thanks for your reply.
    1. gviridis's Avatar
      gviridis -
      Quote Originally Posted by erichb1 View Post
      Is this compatible with iBlacklist?

      Thanks!

      Looks great by the way.

      is this compatible with iBlacklist?
      I have made some simple tests for the compatibility with iBlacklist. It seems right. But I can not make full test because iBlacklist have many features and everybody maybe have different configuration.
    1. DarkXShadowX21's Avatar
      DarkXShadowX21 -
      I love Protecti! I use it on my son's iPod and it works amazingly! Everything is restricted except the apps that are for educational purposes and he can't access anything else! Thank you for such a wonderful security system!
    1. soidroidios's Avatar
      soidroidios -
      Quote Originally Posted by 3xpl05iv3 View Post
      It disables mobile substrate (with it all tweaks that use it)
      This will get around any security features that rely on it, Its a safety feature Saurik added to prevent bugged apps forcing restores
      well now you just made this app useless. haha
    1. DarkXShadowX21's Avatar
      DarkXShadowX21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by soidroidios View Post
      well now you just made this app useless. haha
      It's not useless....refer to my previous post! In that regard, it works perfectly!
    1. soidroidios's Avatar
      soidroidios -
      Quote Originally Posted by DarkXShadowX21 View Post
      It's not useless....refer to my previous post! In that regard, it works perfectly!
      that is until your son learns of the mobile substrate off buttons. haha
      but yeah, hacks aside, Protecti does its job with what limited API available
    1. DarkXShadowX21's Avatar
      DarkXShadowX21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by soidroidios View Post
      that is until your son learns of the mobile substrate off buttons. haha
      but yeah, hacks aside, Protecti does its job with what limited API available
      My son is 6. He won't figure it out...lol!
    1. gviridis's Avatar
      gviridis -
      Quote Originally Posted by soidroidios View Post
      well now you just made this app useless. haha
      There is a feature " bypass system pass code" in Protecti. With this feature, you can set system pass code to protect you device in safe mode and when your device is not in safe mode you don't need to input system pass code, you can use Protecti to protect your device.
    1. Sshhll's Avatar
      Sshhll -
      Please help !!!
      I forgot the password and when uninstalling/instaling ( after going to safe of course ) the apps are still blocked and i can't change setting. ( because i also blocked setting app by protecti :s
      Please help !!!
    1. b4life75's Avatar
      b4life75 -
      Any idea how to get the author of the great software? Wondering if there will be a version which support 6.1?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by b4life75 View Post
      Any idea how to get the author of the great software? Wondering if there will be a version which support 6.1?
      AppLocker by Ori Kadosh supports iOS 6.
    1. b4life75's Avatar
      b4life75 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      AppLocker by Ori Kadosh supports iOS 6.
      The good thing about protecti is it's in a Stealth mode until u activate the activator the application remain unactive... users will not be able to try and try the password.
    1. b4life75's Avatar
      b4life75 -
      Quote Originally Posted by b4life75 View Post
      The good thing about protecti is it's in a Stealth mode until u activate the activator the application remain unactive... users will not be able to try and try the password.
      Anyway... It's updated to support IOS 6 now.