Mobile devices have been our friends for a long time now. They have been our partners to our day to day tasks from personal to business stuff. As technology evolves, so as the technology and features associated with mobile devices. This is the reason why heavy priority is given to mobile security.

When it comes to mobile devices, there are two major operating systems who rival each other in terms of effectiveness and user friendliness – IOS and Android. Apple developed the IOS (iPhone Operating System) and Google has the rights for the Android OS. These two operating systems have been the pillars of mobile technology and features.

Just like PC operating systems, mobile OS have built in security features that helps the user protect themselves from possible threats. For this same reason, both IOS and Android locks the standard user out from modifying core or “root” files within the device. This is necessary to prevent users from accidentally messing up their device. Well, not everyone is technical enough to understand these things right?

Rooting and Jailbreaking

Rooting and Jailbreaking is the process of disabling the device’s built in security features to allow the user to have full control of the entire device and gives them access to view, edit, and modify core or root files. Rooting is the term used for Android devices why Jailbreaking is the term used for IOS devices. 

Why do they do this?

Users do this to use their device to their optimum performance. Rooting and Jailbreaking also allow users to overclock their devices. It will also allow them to test and develop programs. Essentially, developers root or jailbreak their devices for testing new softwares and penetration testing. 

The dangers of rooting and jailbreaking

Google and Apple lock the user out from modifying these files for compliance, reliability, and security reasons. The major danger of jailbreaking and rooting is that you are exposing your device to potential harm and cyber threats. If you do not know what you’re doing, it’s better not to do this.

Whenever you look up tutorials about rooting and jailbreaking, content creators always remind the people to do these things at their own risk. Worst, when you mess something up in the rooting or jailbreaking process, you can “brick” your device. Brick is a term that refers to a device being totally unusable due to some mess ups during rooting or jailbreaking. Another thing is that rooting and jailbreaking voids your device warranty. In fact, it is against the user agreement indicated on your device. So unless you know what you’re doing, better not do it.

It’s impact on mobile security

As we’ve said a while ago, rooting or jailbreaking exposes your device to potential cyber threats since you have disable your device’s built in security features. Compromised devices are dangerous and it can even pose critical threats on networks to which it is connected.

So again, unless you’re a developer or tester who knows what he’s doing, avoid rooting and jailbreaking to save money or what. It could do more harm than good.