How to Tell if a "Jailbreak" is a Failbr3ak

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  1. Appman

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    How to tell if a jailbreak is a

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    A failbr3ak is a fake jailbreak, and since there have been many Failbr3aks recently, I'm putting together a guide so you can tell if it's a Failbr3ak or not.

    1. The Dev or dev team. If it's not from one of the well known devs or dev teams, obviously that should already be a sign.

    2. The creation/release date. Usually failbr3aks are started during the time when a new device/firmware comes out, or when a legit dev team is in the process of creating a real jailbreak. Or when a firmware hasn't been jailbroken for a while.

    3. The proof. Usually they seem to stay away from giving any proof, but when they do, notice signs in the picture or video.
    If the "proof" is blurry, choppy,or you can't see the whole device and it's firmware version, etc. Then it's most likely fake.
    A jailbreak video should follow along the lines of this guide.
    http://wikee.iphwn.org/howto:video

    4. Suddenly refuse to release. I have seen this happen many times, the fake devs say they won't be releasing. They usually blame it on the public saying something on the lines of "We are not releasing because we have had too many comments saying it's fake." Also if they give an ETA and/or they continually delay they jailbreak, that should raise suspicion.

    5. They announce they need beta testers. They will usually say this to keep the people thinking that this "jailbreak" is real. And they'll randomly pick people for the beta who are actually part of the failbr3ak team.

    6. The name they choose. This isn't probably one of the most important things, but if they more worried about the name of the failbr3ak rather than the actual program, it's most likely fake. Also, if they choose a weird alphanumeric name like "0re0c00ki3", that should raise mild suspicion.

    7. Unusually short working time. If the jailbreak progress goes from 10% to 90% in a short amount of time, you can tell it's fake.

    8. Some more small signs that may tell if it's a failbr3ak are:
    A url that ends in .wordpress.com or .freewebs.com
    Claims that their jailbreak can do what the others can't.
    They spend most of the time replying to almost all the comments.

    Known Legit Devs:
    @Comex
    @Musclenerd
    ChronicDev Team (don't know what happened with them)
    Sherif Hashim
    @Planetbeing
    @iH8sn0w
    @p0sixninja
    @cdevwill
    @AriX


    So now you know. If you have any more, please post them below.
    Thanks to all who help add things to this article.
  2. _JKK_

    _JKK_ Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Awesome, now I know what not to do when I make my failbr3ak for the iPt4G!!

    I kid.

    Nice writeup, though. I also predict some will flame for this.
  3. Appman

    Appman Community Development Staff Member

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    lol. Thanks

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    Yeah, but let them be banned then. XD
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    You might want to add a little bit on new guys who are genuine. If a reputable dev recognises them they're pretty safe. Like Sherif Hashim who found the exploit in the latest baseband, musclenerd said he was legit

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    You should include a few known "solo" devs:

    1. geohot (if he's ever coming back)

    2. Comex

    3. Sherif Hashim

    4. That person that made Handy Light
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    Updated. Thanks for the input Narwal and bobboy

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  7. Pandawg

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    Nice guide. Hope it'll stop the spam

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    b-mac 39 Well-Known Member

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    I think this is worthy of a sticky. I mean, people should check by common sense first, but this is great for the newcomers. Good job!

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    They've all helped each other before. It's not like they did everything alone.
  10. ShAdY_rEcOrDsS

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    Nothing can stop the spam, the spam is like AIDS or Cancer... unstoppable... you can only delay it or make it less worse...

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