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| September 20, 2010
Jailbreak Only: Mobile Safari Gets Private Browsing Mode With Covert
Every now and then we've all had a browsing session we'd rather keep to ourselves. Of course, reseting your cookies and navigation history will normally erase most tracks of your online activities, but that can be a bit of a stretch when all you're trying to hide is just a few websites. Not to mention that it looks just as suspicious to have a clear cache. For that precise reason most desktop browsers allow you to switch to a private browsing mode, which doesn't leave any tracks or history. Unfortunately, this feature is still absent from the native iOS Mobile Safari browser. But, yes, there are apps for that. However, third-party browsers are often not that great. Chpwn, the popular jailbreak apps and tweaks developer, endeavored to bring the feature directly to Mobile Safari. Called Covert, his new jailbreak tweak, due to launch today, allows you to do exactly that; put Safari in a private browsing mode. It's very simple, as it consists of a simple button that will appear in your tab manager (screenshot above). Just tap it, and your browsing session will not be recorded on the device. Safari will also turn gray to notify you that the feature is active. Covert will be made available sometime today on Cydia from the BigBoss repository, free of charge.