'Powerguard' Keeps People From Using Your Power Off Slider
Sometimes we don’t like people turning off our iOS devices on us. Powerguard
is a new jailbreak tweak by iOS developer Gil Ben-Moshe that will help keep people from using your ‘slide to power off’ slider, which is invoked anywhere by holding down the power button for approximately 3 seconds.
Powerguard helps defend against having your device turned off by requiring a password to use the ‘slide to power off’ slider. Powerguard will add an application to your home screen so that you can configure your own password. By default, the password is “password,” but you can change it to almost anything you want. You will also find a switch in the application for enabling and disabling the tweak. The application where you assign your password is very simple, straightforward, and shown below:
There are a good handful of reasons that we wouldn’t want people turning our iOS devices off. For one, sometimes we end up with a tethered jailbreak and don’t want to go through the inconvenience of having to tether up to a PC or Mac and running redsn0w to boot up. Another legitimate reason could be that our impatience makes us not desire sitting there and watching an Apple logo for nearly a minute while we wait for the device to power back on.
While the tweak does a good job of protecting the ‘slide to power off’ slider
, it doesn’t necessarily keep the device from being powered down. Alternatives, like holding both the home and power button for 10 full seconds, will get around Powerguard and ultimately defeat the purpose of it. Since the 'hard restart,' as some call it, is so commonly known, Powerguard might just not be enough to keep people from turning your device off.
You will find Powerguard in Cydia from the BigBoss repository for 99˘, but the current version has its settings configured from the Settings application. A future version will bring you the application on the home screen with an easier-to-follow GUI (graphical user interface).