Jailbreaking your iPhone is a legal and incredibly useful way to customize your iPhone . Jailbreak introduces a number of features that Apple wont allow on an iOS device , but it also poses security threats that many jailbreakers are not aware of . One of our readers asked a question in the Jailbreak Forum :
” Does Jailbreak make iPhone Vulnerable to Hackers ? ”
Ankur from India asked :
” I have an iPhone 4 but I am quite scared to use internet banking apps from my mobile. Do you have any idea while the phone is jailbroken , is it safe to pursue personal data through the phone ? I have not installed OpenSSH in my phone ”
How to Secure Jailbroken iPhone :
Jailbreaking itself reduces security as a part of the jailbreaking process . Since jailbreaking involves certain codes to be executed on the device ( in order to install Cydia ) that is not allowed . However jailbreaking has yet to transfer into any serious public security threat.
- Installing SSH is the biggest security risk as many users do not change the default passwords (alpine) and thus can be remotely exploited . Changing the default passwords reduces the risk of being hacked to a certain extent . Users should also change the default port 22 making remote hacking attacks almost impossible.
- For your phone data to be compromised , it needs to be in the physical possession of the hacker. In a different scenario even if your phone wasn’t jailbroken, all the hacker needs to do is disable FindMyiPhone to prevent a remote wipe – remote lock and jailbreak it themselves and then get your personal data.
In Short :
If your phone Does not have SSH installed or is Lost with FindMyiPhone enabled with a password for the lockscreen, you are safe . There is minimum chance of data theft on a jailbroken iPhone if the above two conditions are met .