If you’re a jailbreak user, then you probably already know that the PayPal app has been designed to crash on your device and as such prevent you from using it. However, there is a new jailbreak tweak which will allow you to disable the jailbreak detection and use the PayPal app on your jailbroken iOS device.
PalBreak in Cydia
Available in Cydia, PalBreak lets you disable the PayPal app’s jailbreak detection and use it on your jailbroken iOS device, meaning that it is effectively a workaround and bypasses what, according to many, were good reasons for PayPal not to work on them.
So why do some think it’s not a good idea to use PayPal on jailbroken devices? PayPal is a money handling service, and that means running it on jailbroken devices could pose a security risk. For those who use it on a jailbroken device, this reduces PayPal’s responsibility, should the unthinkable happen and money be taken from a user of a hacked device.
Do you want PalBreak?
If you’re 100% sure that you won’t get hacked and you want to use PalBreak, you can install the tweak via Cydia, and it will let you open, run, and log on to the PayPal app just as you would be able to do on a non-jailbroken device.
The developers who created PalBreak take security seriously, and when you use it, all other PayPal-related tweaks will be disabled; this is, in fact, noted in the Cydia description. This is to prevent any unwanted access to your account which could lead to financial loss.
One problem with jailbroken devices is that, by their very nature, security is put at risk. That is because of the use of third-party code, and its ability to run unchecked could log personal information and other sensitive data. While we won’t name any piece of code specifically, hacks and keyloggers do generally only affect those who use pirated software or install cracked apps or tweaks.
As for how secure PalBreak is, its developers have gone to great lengths to create a tweak that prevents other tweaks from running while you use PayPal. Furthermore, both of the developers are highly respected within the jailbreak community, which goes a long way to adding to the trustworthiness of the tweak.
We think it’s great that people who want to use PayPal can now use it whether they have a jailbroken device or not. The fact that the developers seem to have done as much as they can to assure security and, as such, peace of mind, does go a long way toward convincing us that it could be safe to use. However, there are still some important concerns surrounding it and the PanGu jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3 as a whole.
With the release of the PanGu jailbreak a few weeks ago came a sense of renewed optimism that the days of high-quality stable jailbreaks were not over. Unfortunately, however, there have since been reports that users of the Chinese version of the jailbreak had become victims of unauthorized account access and theft. While none of this activity was ever tied to the PanGu jailbreak, it has still left many users feeling not as secure as they should be, which is a good reason for you to think twice before using anything like PalBreak on your iOS device.
As for those out there who need to use the PayPal app on their jailbroken devices, PalBreak does exactly what it was designed to do. You can get it via Cydia’s BigBoss repository for free.