General Should I Put Personal Details on a JB'd Device?

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    pod5g macrumors regular

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    My signature will tell you about my JB'd device. Is it safe to put my personal details, like my Apple ID, e-mail accounts, and iMessages on my iPod? I have many tweaks installed. Some are mainstream, like Auxo and Activator, while some are obscure and not well known.
     
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  3. pod5g thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure. I'm just asking. You know, to be safe.
     
  4. TC25 macrumors 68020

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    As long as 'obscure and not well known' is not a euphemism for pirated, you're fine.
     
  5. pod5g thread starter macrumors regular

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    It isn't.
     
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    I'm not trying to be obtuse, but what exactly is different security wise between a non-JB iPhone and one that is jailbroken?

    I mean, nothing happens when you jailbreak that opens your system wide up to anyone that wants to peruse the file system. Apple may use that as a scare tactic but the reality is that you are just as secure as you always have been.

    It's when you do other things, such as installing SSH and not changing the password, installing sketchy apps from sketchy repos, or in the physical realm leaving your iPhone alone in a public place without supervision.

    Your info is as secure as you make it. If there is certain stuff that you just don't want to trust Apple's security on – then don't put it on the phone. Want to make it hard to get access to your iPhone? There's iGotcha or iCaughtU and any number of tweaks/apps in Cydia that will give others guest access or lock down apps. Heck, even the Starbucks and Dropbox apps from the App store have code access if you enable it.

    But honest JB apps and tweaks, just like Apple store apps and iOS (with the exception of Apple's Data Usage and advertising which you can turn off) are not data mining your iPhone and uploading to some server in the Ukraine somewhere.
     
  7. pod5g thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the answer! And no, I don't have SSH access on the iPod. But what I'm saying, is that I have some obscure (not pirated or for pirates) packages from non-default repos (default being BigBoss, Cydia, ModMyi and ZodTTD).
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Then all I can say is do your research.

    Example. BatteryDoctorPro is a widely used tweak/app and popular. It's been reported here and elsewhere though that it phones home to China. Now, it's Chinese made so take that into account as there is some discussion about that. My point is that if you investigate and do your homework before you install then you may save yourself some grief later. Even then sometimes you can never be sure.

    But this is the responsibility part of jailbreaking. It's on all of us to be careful with what we install because Apple is not vetting anything sold/issued outside of the App store.
     
  9. pod5g thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the tip! Just to be safe, I think I'll uninstall non-essential tweaks.
     

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