Locktopus : Password Protect Your iPhone Apps

Locktopus, a jailbreak app, lets you password protect your iPhone apps (individually) in order to prevent unauthorized access. Using Locktopus, you can password protect specific application right from the Springboard.

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Locktopus Compatibility

  • Locktopus app works fine on iPhone and iPod Touches running iOS 4.x and 3.x.
  • Locktopus also works with the multitasking bar on 4.x.
  • Jailbroken iDevices only.

How to Password Protect an application with Locktopus

Step 1 – Jailbreak iDevice

Your iPhone or iPod Touch Must be jailbroken. You can jailbreak iPhone and iPod Touch running iOS 3.1.24.0.1 firmware using JailbreakMe 2.0. Follow the guides linked below:

Step 2 – Install Locktopus

Locktopus is available in Cydia Store for $2. In order to purchase and download Locktopus;

  • Open Cydia and go to Search tab
  • Search for Locktopus. then Purchase and install it.
  • Close the Cydia.

Step 3 – Enable protection

Unlike LockDown, Locktopus does not require you to open another application and then respring to enable password protection. To password protect an application with Locktopus:

  • Tap and hold an app icon until it starts wiggling (Wiggle Mode)
  • Then tap the “lock” badge on the icon to lock it.
  • Now whenever you launch that app, it will ask for the password. (Your default Locktopus pass is: password. You can change Locktopus password from the Settings app)

Forgot your Locktopus password?

Reinstall this extension with Cydia. If you locked Cydia, you must disable this extension with SBSettings, or by manually renaming or removing it via SSH. Upon the doing so, you can open Cydia and reinstall.

If you don’t know, LockDown is a free alternate to Locktopus and can be downloaded from Cydia store. Checkout the complete LockDown guide here:

How to: Password protect iPhone apps with LockDown

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12 comments… add one
goober1223 August 11, 2010, 9:23 pm

Lockdown currently isn’t udated for iOS 4.x. I asked the dev and he is going to be creating a “Lockdown Pro” version for this purpose, that I assume will no longer be free.

Other options include iAccounts (also not updated for iOS 4.x) and iProtect (which IS updated for iOS 4.x), costing $1.99 and $8.99, respectively.

I liked Lockdown, but I think that I prefer iAccounts for the complete profile features, as long as it isn’t too buggy as I heard the original was. I’d settle for Lockdown Pro if they come out first, though. Especially if it’s free. Locktopus is just too tedious because it doesn’t prevent moving or deleting of icons, and doesn’t allow you to turn on or off protection (at least with the reviews I’ve seen and the description in Cydia).

goober1223 August 11, 2010, 9:24 pm

I forgot to mention that I also contacted the maker of iAccounts who said that they’d be updating it as well, but they had 3 or 4 other programs to iron out first. iProtect is simply too pricey, and it doesn’t appear to be worth it.

tim August 12, 2010, 6:23 am

add sinfuliphonerepo.com in Cydia and all the paid cydia apps will be there for free

tim August 12, 2010, 6:26 am

open Cydia, tap ‘manage’, then ‘edit’ then ‘add’ and add the repository. then tap ‘add anyway’ when told it’s sharing “copyrighted material”

tim August 12, 2010, 6:33 am
liveordie August 13, 2010, 9:33 pm

not that good u can use spot light to open thing inside contacts and messages

syathu August 17, 2010, 11:19 am

what are the soruse to cydia ibluetooth and video recoder for 3g……..(ios 4.0)

plz help me……………………

syathu August 19, 2010, 8:11 pm

what are the soruse to cydia ibluetooth and video recoder for 3g……..(ios 4.0)

plz help me……………………

was98strat November 24, 2010, 7:13 pm

I’ve installed the application and I am unable to lock the one application I want to lockdown! sbsettings. How do you lockdown sbsetttings. it has no item on the desktop to apply the lock to?

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