Jailbreak Tweaks 2012: Privata Quick Toggle Private Browsing for Safari
Though iOS 5 made sure to include a private browsing feature for Mobile Safari upon its release, one thing many iOPhone 4 and iPhone 4S users complained of, was the hassle it was to change between private mode and regular browsing mode. To access the feature, users would have to enter the Safari preferences pane in the Settings application, which to some equaled a huge headache. I guess when you're accustomed to the intuitive nature of iOS devices, annoyances like this really get to you. Rest assured though, developers within the jailbreak community have created a fix for the private browsing mode headache, creating a new way to toggle between modes, right from the Mobile Safari app. This tweak works on all iPhone devices including iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
The tweak, created by iOS developers Rudolf Lichtner and Ravirajm is called Privata, and basically tweaks Safari with a new Action Button, found towards the bottom of the browser allowing for simple toggle between private a regular browsing.
The tweak provides that intuitive and streamlined approach iOS users have grown to expect. The best part about this tweak is that it is free and available on Cydia
What the Heck is Jailbreaking?
Basically, when purchasing an iPhone, iPad or other Apple device, it is purchased in a "cage". The cage is there to protect both the user and the company from allowing unauthorized applications to run or be accessed on the device. Though the Apple app store has the widest range of apps available for any mobile platform, many users find they still crave more. Thus, the jailbreak is born. Once a user jailbreaks a device, it is released from the cage of Apple condoned usage, and free to venture into the wild and wonderful world of jailbreak developer apps and customized themes.
I Want to Jailbreak my Phone NOT Go to Jail. Is it Legal???
Until recently, jailbreaking Apple devices fell into the gray zone - of not exactly illegal, but not especially upright either. In June of 2010, however, the US Copyright office deemed the jailbreak of Apple devices a DCMA exception. As a result, users are now free to jailbreak to their heart's content without hiding from the cops.
It's Legal, but are there any other Risks?
Of course as I mentioned before, jailbreaking has no legal implications, however, there are a few risks involved with trying to jailbreak a device. For one, the door is opened to 3rd party apps;therefore, the device is more susceptible to instability. Apple iOS is known for being an exceptionally stable platform but, with modifications, users may experience some additional crashes here and there.
Another issue that can arise during a jailbreak is the dreaded "brick". When users jailbreak a device, they access areas of the phone that were never meant to be touched. Though a jailbreak is relatively easy to perform, if the directions are not followed precisely, the device could become completely unresponsive. If this happens, most problems can be fixed with a reset, but occasionally there is no hope, and you are one less on fancy accessories.
The final annoyance that can result from jailbreaking a device is loss of data when updating. For example, once a user jailbreaks his device, if he or she sees an update available through iTunes and installs a non-jailbreak version, the device will be swept clean of all apps and tweaks acquired after the jailbreak and essentially, returns it to factory settings . This can be avoided however by waiting a little while for the jailbreak version to surface online.
Okay, Now I am Scared. Are You Sure Jailbreaking is Easy?
Now that you are aware of possible issues that could occur, let me assure you, the jailbreak is an easy process and there are multiple visual and written resources available which will guide novices step-by-step through the process. One site I particularly find helpful is State of Jailbreak . This site offers latest jailbreak updates and tutorials combined with pictures and videos at each step. These guys make the jailbreak process a no-brainer and should help to put the beginner's mind at ease.
I've Heard About Tethered and Untethered Jailbreaks. What's the Difference?
Okay, so what are tethered versus untethered jailbreaks; basically a tethered jailbreak requires connection or tethering to a computer in order to reboot in jailbreak mode. If an untethered jailbreak installed, restarting the device can be done from anywhere, without connecting it to the computer.
Personally, I would stay away from tethered jailbreaks for obvious reasons; Most people don't carry a laptop everywhere they take a cellphone. Also, tethered jailbreaks were mainly designed for use by developers, resulting in a more buggy and unstable system overall. Though users may have to wait an additional week or two to find an untethered jailbreak for their device when an update becomes available, in the long run, it is worth it.
Okay, the Jailbreak was Successful. Now What?
Now the jailbreak is complete, it's time to get to the good stuff. You should now see the Cydia app on your device. If not, then it must be downloaded. Once the Cydia app is located, click on it, and it will launch, displaying a screen which asks for user type. If you are reading this FAQ, my guess is, you are no hacker. Therefore, "User" would be the most appropriate choice. Once user type has been selected, the main Cydia screen, similar to that of the iTunes store, appears. One major difference is that Cydia labels apps as "packages" or "themes." Users can browse through randomly or utilize the search tool, enjoying an unending supply of developer apps and customizations.
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