This is why jailbreaking your device is a bad idea

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Not convinced about jailbreaking ? Then read this.

In this guide, we want to present you with some reasons why we think that trying to jailbreak your device right now or whenever, is probably a bad idea.

Why do we say that?

Well, the first thing that you need to know here is that jailbreaking one’s device is essentially hacking one’s device and then trying to run some applications on it for absolutely free.

Some people like to jailbreak their device because they want to get rid of all the apps and services that came to their device pre-installed.

We want to let you know that sometimes people like to call the whole of this process as rooting.

And you can do rooting on all kinds of internet-enabled devices along the likes of,

  • laptops
  • gaming consoles
  • phones
  • and a lot of other devices.

We do not know of a single consumer-pointing device that does not support jailbreaking unofficially.

Again, hackers who have the necessary skills to jailbreak their device can do so after they get rid of some of the most critical features on their device.

These critical features, when disabled, essentially allow users to run restricted services and applications.

A lot of people think that it is probably a great idea to jailbreak your device.

And perhaps it is if you think that getting more freedom on your internet-enabled device is not only good but warranted.

However, we want to let you know here that the entire process is somewhat risky.

Besides, the actual process of jailbreaking one’s device has become rather difficult.

And it has kept on becoming a harder process as time has flown by.

Now more and more applications and settings have made their way to various internet-enabled devices in order to support various device frameworks.

In order to really understand how processes such as jailbreaking actually increase the security vulnerability of one’s Internet-enabled device, you first need to understand one very important and perhaps even the primary difference between jailbreaking and rooting.

Jailbreaking vs rooting: What is the real difference?

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From a principle perspective, jailbreaking and rooting are pretty much the same thing.

With that said, it is also true that jailbreaking is actually nothing more than just a term which people like to use most when the ‘hacking’ and ‘breaking’ has something to do with devices running on the iOS platform.

Jailbreaking and/or rooting have clear intentions.

And that is to upgrade the current privileges of a category named root to that of a higher Superuser.

When a given user is a superuser, he/she has complete and total access to each and every feature of a given device.

On the other hand, iPad and iPhone owners are actually not the only people who want to get the maximum amount of benefits (a subjective term, we know) from their internet-enabled devices.

Often times, Android users like to go the same route and jailbreak their Android smartphone devices as well.

Now, the other thing you need to take into account here is that, open source software applications such as Kodi have given rise to jailbreaking methods for Amazon FireStick so much that today we are looking at a situation where Amazon FireStick is actually one of the most, if not the most, jailbroken internet-enabled device in the market today.

But again, we will try to come back to the problem of jailbreaking iOS or any other given device.

And that problem is that these devices become a lot more prone to vulnerability attacks.

In other words, it means that a device that is jailbroken may actually become a low hanging fruit for various cyber criminals and hackers.

Of course, having such a ‘weak’ device also leaves the user’s personal data such as,

  1. emails
  2. credit card details
  3. social media accounts among other things

exposed to the outside world.

And as a consequence of that, there are a ton of online banking applications that actually do not run on mobile devices which are jailbroken among other stuff.

You also have to understand, that there are certain Internet-enabled devices that one needs to jailbreak each and every time that the user restarts the device.

This actually makes using such devices rather a family irritating and tedious process.

For comparison’s sake, devices that are rooted are much more likely to keep on going and also have the better functionality in terms of the expansiveness of their features.

Without rooting your device, you will never to use those features and/or online services.

Does rooting and/or jailbreaking make one’s device more of a duck against various vulnerability attacks?

We would like to think, YES.

As mentioned before as well, methods such as jailbreaking and rooting indeed bypass various standard and sometimes very important security protocols of a given device.

In other words, they nullify them.

Hence, if you happen to have ownership of a rooted or jailbroken device you simply need to make sure that all of your app permissions are in their proper circles.

One of such Internet-enabled devices, the process of gathering various types of information regarding the user is easier to obtain than ever.

Hence, the actual user should make sure that all the apps on his/her device only have complete access to those functions of his/her device which correspond to the exact data that they need and the function that they have to perform.

To take an example, if you have a free gaming app then it has no business in trying to have access to all of your contacts on the phone.

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Furthermore, another big problem that arises when you jailbreak your internet-enabled device is that it tends to become a lot more unstable.

The thing we want you to understand here is that Jailbreaking processes actually make one’s Internet-enabled device a lot more unstable.

How or why does it do that?

It does that because a jailbreaking process has the power to manipulate the architectural piece of code that has the job of maintaining the stability of the Internet-enabled device.

Once a jailbreaking process goes through that, it results in the internet-enabled device to go through long periods of erratic performance issues.

And we all know that if a device is unstable it crashes.

You do not need us to tell you that if a device crashes all the time or even some of the times then it is pretty much useless.

That is also the reason why we recommend to people that they should get someone proper when they want to jailbreak their device.

We’re talking about a professional here.

A professional who knows what he is doing.

Why?

 

Because he would have the expertise to expertise to maintain that very important base code.

And a good professional would not only keep your internet-enabled device stable but also grant you exclusive access to all the functions that you need.

One other problem with the process of jailbreaking your internet-enabled device is that you may lose access to all the security upgrades that have become so important these days.

Needless to say, the actual process of jailbreaking and rooting is done by professionals who know how to exploit various vulnerabilities of the device.

A lot of these security vulnerabilities that are present in the device today will most likely go out of business by the time the next security upgrade comes around.

And when that happens you will have no other choice but to jailbreak your internet-enabled and already jailbroken device again.

As you can probably tell, this quickly becomes a tedious process.

And in order to keep your internet-enabled device in working condition and in your hands, you will have to spend quite a bit of money.

Alternatives to rooting or jailbreaking your device.

Rooting and jailbreaking various devices are no doubt useful and in-demand custom configurations.

But for all the benefits that they offer to users, they let loose a lot of open gaps in the user’s device security.

Our research shows that for the majority of the people on the internet, the actual jailbreak customization options and features might come at a very steep and potentially astronomical price.

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With that out of the way, you should know that unless you have the time and the skills to learn most of the details that are involved in handling custom configurations, simply jailbreaking your device is not going to help you in one bit.

We have compiled a list of some very good alternatives for you to take advantage of.

Our alternatives would give you enough options to enhance the user functionality of your device while not destroying the maintainability of the code that is supposed to provide your device with some much-needed security.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can actually avoid rooting or jailbreaking devices altogether.

Always study and purchase the most appropriate internet-enabled device for your needs.

Bundled or packages devices always come with a complete list of unfortunate liabilities for all the convenience that they eventually offer to users.

Our research shows that this is probably the same for each and every internet-enabled device regardless of the fact if the device is a ,

  • phone
  • laptop
  • tablet
  • or another Internet-enabled device.

People who live among us and have the necessary tech-savviness, they need to choose the best hardware and the best software compatibility support that fulfills their needs.

In other words, buy devices on needs.

Not on wants.

The large majority of us simply cannot be really bothered to actually make that sort of an effort in purchasing a device.

So what you really need to do here is to simply review the capabilities of the device that you are about to buy.

The main idea is to actually take enough time to explore various alternatives and then ensure that you are in a position to strike that very fine balance between security and functionality.

Things you are looking for: Understand them well.

Preconfigured devices do not descend on this earth from heaven you know.

In other words, there are options for you to take advantage of and then do a bit of changing.

Our research shows that for the majority of the people on the internet, such non-invasive kind of alterations to their devices are usually enough.

In simpler terms, they have no need of jailbreaking their Internet-enabled device.

From that point onwards, they also have no need to reconfigure their device’s security features.

In actual fact, we think that it is actually better for users to keep away from all the security features and leave them untampered.

At the most, you should only make additions which assist you in increasing your most-wanted functions.

Now, on the other hand, we agree with those who say that one should always fight hard to ensure that there is literally no amount of bloatware on their devices.

It is also a great idea to get rid of those preconfigured functions that compromise the privacy and security of your device.

Become a quasi-expert about repair and licensing.

The majority of the internet-enabled device manufacturers love to retain all repair rights to the device that you have purchased from them.

Hence, depending on where you actually live, your internet-enabled device would have a good number of seemingly unnecessary restrictions on them.

To put it another way, before you actually go out and purchase a device you must have a good understanding of the repair and damage specifics.

Remember, such things are bound to influence the warranty of your device.

It may also affect the post-warranty repairing that you will eventually need should you decide to go down this route.

Perhaps this is a good time to mention that organizations such as Electronic Frontier Foundation are generating movements to eliminate all such legal bindings.

If you happen to be among those online users who have a keen interest in unlocking the full potential of their internet-enabled devices than you should consider joining such organizations to further the cause of owning more of the device that you have purchased.

Conclusion

We will give you some credit.

The idea of jailbreaking your device definitely makes a lot of sense for a lot of people.

You get full access to the device that you have purchased and you feel like since you have paid for the device, you get to decide what you would like to do with it.

With that said, it is also true that things are probably not as simple as they seem at first.

Rooting or jailbreaking your device is a complex process.

We acknowledge the fact that the base technology, for the most part, is inherently restrictive.

That is why various parent companies have different cleverly-written clauses in the document known as EULA.

This document holds you back.

What we really mean to say is that once you jailbreak your device you essentially void the device’s warranty.

Now, with that said, we never want you to think that rooting or jailbreaking your internet-enabled device is a good idea.

Even if it seems like one.

In the long run, jailbreaking will probably do more harm than good.

That doesn’t hold true for a true professional who has the technical knowledge to take care of things and get the job done.

Jailbreaking and rooting have lots of pros and cons.

We know that you would hate to get stuck with a device that is malfunctioning on you when you are in your office and want to get some work done or even worse, are in a real emergency.

Hence, we feel that the smarter choice is to simply select a device that offers you all the functionality that you need while not compromising your standard (and for the most part efficient) security protocols.

 

Zohair

Zohair

Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.
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