Locktopus Review: Security Simplified

Isn’t it ironic that jailbreaking offers so many ingenious security tweaks nowhere to be found in the Apple ecosystem? Locktopus is one of those tweaks, offering simple and intuitive security.


Basically, Locktopus adds the functionality to prevent just anyone from accessing individual apps. It gives you the ability to make apps require a password before launching themselves and allowing anyone to view your information. It adds the Apple flair to security apps in Cydia.

Read on for the full review!

Upon respringing, a pop-up informs you that the default password for the app is password, although you can change it at any time in Settings. Going into Settings and tapping Locktopus, you are presented with two options. The first offers you the ability to change the master password, and it requires you to enter the old code once, and the new password twice for confirmation. Pretty simple.

The next option is an entertaining ‘Forgot Password’ help screen. The pop-up informs you that you can reinstall the Locktopus extension from Cydia, and it will reset the password to the default. If you have locked Cydia, then you can disable Locktopus SBSettings, or by ‘manually renaming or removing it via SSH.’ After that, you can reinstall Locktopus from Cydia without any problems.

Most of the issues I’ve seen in Locktopus are fairly minor. When trying to tap the lock/unlock icon, you have to use a fair amount of precision. Also, if you are like me, and your password is numeric instead of alphabetic, you have to tap the symbols button on the keyboard to get to the numbers. Luckily, those two issues are going to be resolved in the next version of Locktopus.

Two other features that I would like is the ability to lock web apps pinned to the springboards, and the ability to lock entire folders. For the former, I understand that not everyone will need this, but I do use the new YouTube web page over the stock app. I find it to be faster, more stable, and just all around better. And Locktopus won’t lock it.

Locking entire folders is a no-go here. Sure, you could go and lock every single app in the folder, but it really kills the whole effect of simplicity that the rest of the app possesses.

The only issue that I have that actually could pose a potentially big problem is that even locked apps are deletable. I’m not sure if this is technically impossible, hard to do, or was just overlooked, but it can be a problem. If I have an app locked, I’d like to think that it is truly safe. I can easily see one of my siblings following the “If I can’t have it, no one can,” train of thought. Hopefully this will be rectified in the coming update.

As far as Cydia Store privacy apps go, Locktopus is easily the most simple implementation out there. It’s one of those apps that make me think, “Why didn’t Apple do this themselves?” It does have some issues, but those problems look to be going the way of the dodo in the near future. I completely recommend this to anyone looking for more privacy and security than Apple provides or allows. Just be aware of some of the current problems, and their potential impact on your uses.

Locktopus is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 3.x to iOS 4.x. You also have to be jailbroken. It is developed by @gojohnnyboy and @c_axis (better known as Axis the Supermod around these parts) and is available on the Cydia Store for $2.00.

To install Locktopus, fire up Cydia and:

  1. Tap the ‘Search’ tab.
  2. Type in ‘Locktopus.’
  3. The app should come up as the first result.

You can then purchase the package for $2.00 USD. The developers have also informed me that there is indeed an update coming out soon that will fix nearly all of the bugs I have named.

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