Apple provides the Find My iPhone service for tracking your lost iPhone. It lets you track the device’s location, make it play a sound and set it to Lost Mode assuming the iPhone is connected to the Internet. PickPocket jailbreak tweak provides some additional security options for a lost iPhone which I’m sure most people that have a jailbroken device will find useful.
Firstly, PickPocket lets you hide the Airplane Mode option from the Control Center, which means the person who stole it can’t access it from the lock screen. Optionally, you can set it to automatically hide after a specific number of incorrect password attempts and notify you via email or SMS.
The tweak also lets you set your device to perform a fake shutdown and let you know via a SMS message or email, which will trick the thief into thinking it’s off. Usually, your iPhone turns itself off soon after it reaches 1% battery level. PickPocket jailbreak tweak allows you to configure the device so it stays on until every last bit of battery is drained.
Another useful option is the ability to add your contact details to the lock screen, so if someone with good intentions finds your phone, they can contact you. The iPhone can also be set to simulate a fake hard reset should the thief attempt to do this by long-pressing the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons.
Interestingly, PickPocket allows you to define and set specific actions to be triggered when your iPhone receives a certain email or SMS message such as playing an alarm for example. The SMS option is certainly appreciated as this allows you to trigger the action even if the iPhone is not connected to the Internet.
PickPocket has a robust set of security features that can certainly come in handy if your iPhone gets lost or stolen, far beyond the ones provided by Apple’s Find My iPhone service. You can purchase the tweak for $1.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repository and looking at everything it offers, it’s well worth the price.
If you try PickPocket let us know what you think about it in the comments section.