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October 5, 2015

The case for not jailbreaking/rooting your device

By Lookout

Jailbreaking your iOS device (or rooting in the case of Android) is tempting. After all, who wouldn’t want access to a whole new world of apps, easier international travel, and more control over their phone?
If you’ve felt the lure to read the latest jailbreaking/rooting tutorial and take the plunge, you’re not alone: An estimated 7.5 percent of all iPhones—amounting to more than 30 million devices worldwide—are jailbroken. Jailbreaking is especially popular in China, where an estimated 13 percent of all iPhones are jailbroken.
While we understand the temptation, we have one piece of advice:
Unless you’re a pro, avoid jailbreaking
There are many security concerns you might not realize if you jailbreak / root your device. In many cases you may need to change some security settings on the device in order for the jailbreak to work. Those who don’t know what they’re doing, however, may not know how to properly reinstate security settings after the jailbreak is complete, leaving themselves open to attack.
People with jailbroken phones will also readily download third-party apps. Though this is possible to do on non-jailbroken devices, it is much easier to accomplish in a jailbroken environment.  Apps on a jailbroken device can also run with escalated privileges and access sensitive data belonging to other apps.
For example, the recent Keyraider malware impacted jailbroken iOS devices and stole 225k Apple accounts.
It’s not just about security
Outside of security, there are many other reasons to be wary of jailbreaking or rooting your phone. For one, you’ll likely kiss any built-in customer support or warranty goodbye, which is problematic if you ever have a problem with your phone (and potentially out of several hundred dollars). It can also wreak havoc on battery life, and make your phone inoperable with future operating systems.  
So, to keep your phone safe and running optimally, stay far away from jailbreaking/rooting. It might be less fun coloring in between the lines, but it’s one of the best things you can do for your phone and data.