Forget Your Passcode? You need A 'Plan B'
iOS has a very good passcode system. You simply need to set a passcode and itís usually enough to keep almost anyone with your iPhone in their hand out of your personal information. Unfortunately, itís so good that itís also secure against a person that forgets their own passcode, which ultimately leads to complications down the line.
iOS developer Gil Ben Moshe
has created a jailbreak tweak called Plan B
, which can be used to regain control of your iOS device if you forget your own passcode. As shown above, the tweak will add a button to your lock screen and tapping on it will launch a text field prompt that will ask you one of your two pre-defined questions. After you answer the first question, the second question will appear asking you to answer that question as well. If you get both questions right, you will be able to access the iOS device whether you have entered the passcode or not.
To use the tweak, you need to pay the Settings application a visit after installing it. There, you will find a preferences pane for Plan B where you can set both of your questions and answers, as shown above. After you enter both questions and answers, you can give the tweak a try without even respringing. You will need to type the answer exactly as you typed it in the preferences pane Ė this means matching the capitalization as well. If you enter an answer wrong, you will not be granted access.
If you install Plan B, it will not get in the way of entering your passcode normally, so you will be able to use your iOS device as you always have, but with the sense of security of knowing that you have an alternative. Itís important to select questions and answers that you know none of your friends and family would be able to answer because that would just make the tweak a pointless exploit to their advantage.
Functionally, the tweak does exactly what it aims to do, but the user interface could do with some work. The button on the home screen is far from attractive, but hopefully a future update could change that. You will find the tweak today on the ModMyi repository.
Developer: Gil Ben Moshe
Sources: Gil Ben Moshe