The jailbreak community has come up with an all-new very useful tweak today. It’s called PasswordPilot and it lets you skip that awfully annoying password pop up when installing apps from the iOS App Store.
The discovery comes from our friends over at iDownloadBlog. PasswordPilot is a tweak developed by Filipo Biga, a well known developer from the jailbreak community.
From PasswordPilot’s page on Cydia:
PasswordPilot automatically inserts your AppStore app when downloading or updating apps from the AppStore. Set your password from the Settings.app (passwords are not stored in plain text to limit security risks).
Use it at your own risk. If anyone gets access to your device, he could purchase apps without your consent.
You can configure options from Settings.app.
The first thought that possibly comes to your mind is how this is just one big security risk.
We’re here to tell you it’s not, provided that your iOS device is for personal use and that you don’t have family members or friends using it; because if they do, and if you have PasswordPilot activated, it will let them install apps without your consent. However, if you haven’t got any credit card data stored on your App Store account, then it shouldn’t be much of a worry.
It’s not a scam either. Filipo Biga is a trusted developer from the jailbreak community. Besides this, all tweaks are tested and ensured to be free of malware before being added to Cydia. Biga assures users that the password is encrypted before it is stored (unlike a certain company whose name starts with an “S” and rhymes with “ony”).
I’ve personally tested PasswordPilot on an iPod touch 4G and it works as advertised.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the tweak, you must enter your password from Settings.app > PasswordPilot. This password will be saved in encrypted form. You may then open up the App Store and install your desired app. The usual pop up that asks you to enter password will be filled with your password already, meaning all you have to do now is tap OK to continue with the installation.
Before you do anything at all, you need to have a jailbroken iOS device. You can follow our step by step guide posted here to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on iOS 4.3.5 using Redsn0w (or PwnageTool), or on iOS 4.3.4 using Redsn0w or PwnageTool (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), or iOS 4.3.3 using Redsn0w, PwnageTool, Sn0wbreeze & JailbreakMe (that last one being the easiest). If you’re already using iOS 5 beta, you can jailbreak it using tools like Redsn0w (for Mac and Windows), or Sn0wbreeze.
The good news is that PasswordPilot is available for free from Cydia under BigBoss repository.