Geofencing and Jailbroken Apps

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I am part of a start up that is creating apps that use "geofencing" to authenticate a user. The app is only supposed to work if the user is within a specific geofence. The problem we're foreseeing is that jailbroken phones will be able to trick the app / phone into thinking it's somewhere that it's not, ultimately fooling the authentication. We're curious if you have any insights into how we can combat this potential problem. Thanks.

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  • TomLiotta
    No answer from me today.   Unless you completely control the electronics themselves, I don't see any reliable method. A processor can only process the signals it receives. If you can't guarantee the signals, you can't guarantee the processing.   At least, that's a way to restate your problem. You already know that, but it might help any brainstorming suggestions to have an alternative description. It's a problem that I don't think anyone has gotten all the way around before, not for any general computing device (including human brains).   Interesting question. Maybe some replies will be, too.   Tom
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