Apple has tried its best to create a walled garden, but many Apple device owners are not having it. They want to have the freedom to do what they want with their phones and tablets, which has led to the rise of iOS unlocking services and jailbreaking tools.
Unfortunately, not all of the tools that are found on the internet can be trusted. Some of them install viruses and other malware in your device, while others require you to pay a fee without delivering on their promise. To avoid these scenarios, you need to learn how to identify fake iOS jailbreak and unlock sites. Here are some helpful tips you can use:
Do your research
Once you come across a website that offers jailbreak or unlock tools, do your research to know if the site is reliable or not. One of your best sources is iPhone Wiki, which has a page that lists the names of scam jailbreaks and unlocks. Do a Ctrl+F search to see if the name of the site is on the list; if it is, it’s best to avoid it like the plague.
Aside from iPhone Wiki’s list, you can also check out community sites like reddit.com/r/jailbreak where iPhone users and experts discuss the jailbreaking and unlocking tools. More likely than not, these forums will tell you whether the site you’re considering is legit or fake. Of course, don’t forget good old Google: just pull up the search engine on your browser, type the name of the jailbreak/unlock site or tool, then add “review” at the end. This will hopefully lead you to genuine reviews that will tell you whether the site or tool is trustworthy or not.
Find out who developed the tool
Another way to know if the jailbreak or unlock tool is real is to find out who developed it. Your best bet is to stick to tools offered by trusted hackers like Luca Todesco, the Pangu team, and the TaiG team. These people have released safe and dependable tools over the years, and their track records show that they’re the real deal.
Take note, though, that unscrupulous hackers often jump on the names and reputations of reliable developers. Symantec, for instance, reported in September 2016 that hackers had spoofed the website of TaiG and tricked users into thinking that they were jailbreaking their device and downloading the Cydia app. However, they were actually just downloading a web shortcut which, when accessed, brought users to a page where they were told to “make a donation” before they could install the apps they wanted.
Consider what want in return
Most trustworthy developers offer their jailbreaking tools for free. They don’t ask for money, and they certainly won’t ask for your personal information. So, if you come across a jailbreak site that asks for a “fee” or donation”, or requires you to fill out a survey that asks personal questions, it’s highly likely that it’s a fake.
It’s the opposite for iOS unlock services. Websites that sell passthrough cards and offer IMEI unlock services — which are two of the ways to unlock your iOS device — ask for a payment. Passthrough cards retail at around $20 to $40, while IMEI unlock services are more expensive at $50 to $200. If you find a website that offers these products or services at too-good-to-be-true rates, it’s probably a scam.
Fake jailbreak and unlock sites for iOS devices can be found throughout the web. Use the tips above to avoid these websites and keep your device — and your hard-earned cash — safe and sound.