Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The Risk Involved In Rooting Your Android Device

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A lot of people talk about the freedom rooting phone gives you, without necessarily stressing the risks you face by doing so. Here’s a brief overview of the risk of this process. In case you decide to go for it, it’s best you take an informed decision for your own mobile security.

What’s Rooting?

Rooting is a process that allows you to attain root access to the Android operating system code (the equivalent term for Apple devices id jail-breaking). It gives you privileges to modify the software code on the device or install other software that the manufacturer wouldn’t normally allow you to. And for good mobile security reasons: they don’t want users to make modifications to the phones that could result in accidents beyond repair; it is easier for them to offer support if they allow users to only use the same unmodified version of the software.
But tech savvy users have already developed rooting methods, which vary depending on device.
But if it is improperly done, it can create havoc. And even done properly, if your phone doesn’t have proper antivirus protection for Android, rooting leaves your device open to all sorts of malware. 


The following is the possible consequences of taking this action: 
  • You can turn your smartphone into a brick. Well, not literally, but if you goof up the rooting process, meaning the code modifications, your phone software can get so damaged that your phone will basically be as useless as a brick.
  • Your phone warranty turns void. It’s legal to root your phone; however, if you do it, your device gets straight out of warranty. Say you root your phone and some time after that, you experience a phone malfunction – hardware or software related. Because of the Android rooting, the warranty is no longer valid, and the manufacturer will not cover the damages.
  • Malware can easily breach your mobile security. Gaining root access also entails circumventing the security restrictions put in place by the Android operating system. Which means worms, viruses, spyware and Trojans can infect the rooted Android software if it’s not protected by effective mobile antivirus for Android. There are several ways these types of malware get on your phone: drive-by downloads, malicious links, infected apps you download from not so reputable app stores.
  • Increasing the likelihood of user’s faults and deleting the system files. By rooting the Android, you will have access to everything and this will include all the operating system’s files. There is always the possibility of errors while you are making changes to system files and in case you remove a system file or update it with wrong configuration, then the OS may not work properly or even load. Although this is not a serious issue and by replacing a new clean ROM it will be resolved but it is still risky.
Picked from AW Center and Bullguard. 

4 comments:

  1. Why will I want to root my Android Device in the first place?

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  2. Lot of reasons
    * if u forgot your lock pattern or password

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  3. It is not impossible to consider rooting your device. For instance, some apps you need might not run on your device until you have your device rooted. Example of such is Screencast. An app used to capture your screen activities or interactions

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