Saturday, May 28, 2011

Take a Peek at your iPhone Thief

This is a quick tutorial on how to setup and use the Cydia application iGotYa (You will need to jailbreak). It's an iPhone security application which takes a photo from the front camera when an incorrect passcode is entered, captures the device's GPS location, and sends the details to your email address.

Download the package from Cydia, there is a free trial for 10 days I think for you to play around with it. After that go to your iPhone settings page and choose iGotYa.

The settings are pretty straight forward:
Specify whether you want the picture to be taken and whether you want the GPS location to be take.
Input you email address for the details to be sent to when an incorrect passcode is entered.

Secure mode will enable access to the device in a very limited way, where all your personal data is hidden, similar to the Guest account on your computer. I don't use it but some might find it helpful.

You are all set up. Now leave your device on the table with your friends when you go to the toilet, and when you're back you'll be able to tell who's the nosy one. Open your email and you'll have a message like this: 

The link in the email will take you to Google Maps. If your phone has been stolen you'll be able to see who stole it, unlike this guy who got himself into some trouble because he guessed wrong.

Hope this helps someone. Let me know if you have tried better alternatives!

Have a good day or night, wherever you are, whoever you are.
Its been a pleasure.

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