One of the wonderful things about jailbreaking a device is the sheer number of third-party tweaks, apps, modifications, and experiences which are available and offered through Cydia. It’s not necessary that these tweaks and packages exist, but more the fact that users wouldn’t be able to enjoy them on an iOS device without a jailbreak.
One of the latest packages to land in Cydia allows users to easily define proxy settings on their device and toggle the functionality on and off quickly with ease.
The average iOS device or Internet user may not have ever concerned themselves with proxies and the use thereof, but the fact that ProxySwitcher makes it so accessible and easy to use and implement could be the start of a lot more users getting to grips with it. And that’s exactly one of the main selling points of this package, not that it offers the type of functionality that it does, but that it does so in such a seamless manner without any real barrier to use.
As mentioned, using ProxySwitcher is extremely simple and learning-curve free. Installation of the tweak instantly gives the user a configuration panel in settings which allows the tweak to be enabled or disabled.
The owner of the device can also add in the details of the proxy server in this panel which defines exactly where the network requests are passed before being served back to the device. The whole thing is actually seamlessly integrated into iOS and requires very little user participation other than knowing the details of the proxy server.
In addition to those settings, the developer has also had the foresightedness to include a nifty status bar icon which can be interacted with. This allows the user to quickly toggle the feature on and off with a single tap from anywhere rather than having to launch the native Settings app, find the ProxySwitcher settings, and then enable or disable it through there. It seems that the whole experience is just about ease of use, which is wonderful.
ProxySwitcher is available as a single purchase commercial tweak from the BigBoss repository. At the time of writing, the package was available for $1.00, which should hopefully be inclusive of any updates or improvements in the near future.
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