Jailbreaking 101: How To Change The Default Root And Mobile Password To Increase Security Of Your iOS Device

Even if you’re jailbreaking your devices for a while now, or you’re new to this exciting world thanks to Absinthe, you should probably know that EVERY SINGLE iOS devices in the world has the same root and mobile passwords – ‘alpine’ . If you decide to install OpenSSH, you will be vulnerable to attacks, allowing other users to easily access the root files of your devices ( i.e contact lists, passwords, call logs, messages etc ). Luckily there’s one simple fix. Change your password.

Jump over the break where we’re showing you how to do it on the device itself, Mac and Windows.

HOW TO iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

If never had a jailbroken device before, in Cydia there’s a nifty little app called MobileTerminal. Unfortunately, it wasn’t updated for iOS 5. When it will be updated, you will be able to use it to change your password, but for now there’s a workaround in the app store. An app called iSSH. But… it costs 10 bucks.

1. Load iSSH

2. Type ssh://your-ip-address:22

3. Type ‘root’

4. Type ‘alpine’

5. Type ‘passwd’

6. Type your new password twice ( you won’t be able to see what you’re typing )

7. Type ‘passwd mobile’

8. Type your new password twice ( you won’t be able to see what you’re typing )

9. That’s it

NOTE: if you are using MobileTerminal you need to type ‘su root’ and continue from step 4

Go to the next page to see how to do it on Mac or Windows…