If you’re thinking about rooting an Android phone, I should warn you that it’s not a good idea in terms of security for our smartphones. If we make a root to our mobile device we have to take into account a series of factors that make it perhaps not the best idea, some of these factors are, for example, the loss of warranty with the manufacturer, also opens a potential security breach which is totally incompatible if we plan to use our terminal as a device to make payments, and more things that I will tell you.
It must be said that obviously not everything is bad when rooting a mobile device, of course it has benefits, but under our experience as professionals in the sector we believe that especially for an average user, it is not worth rooting a mobile android device.
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What is rooting or jailbreaking the phone?
It is understood as rootear as giving super administrator permission to the owner of the mobile and now in Christian, android in an operating system written in Linux, which in turn is based on Unix. In Unix everything is managed by files which users can not normally access, but if the user “root” called super administrator, super user or similar.
Rooting a device means that you will give TOTAL access to those files, which, as we have said previously, can be an incredible security problem and more if you use the mobile as a payment method or to buy. Maybe you think that because nothing is going to happen to you, you are one more person, there are hundreds of more important people that cyberdelicuentens can attack but it is not, when a vulnerability is found in Android and it is very easy to attack thousands and thousands of rooted users that users who have not given access to those “special folders” on their devices.
What I gain if I root my mobile
In short, everything. Both you and the applications that give them permission will have full access to your terminal, you can and will be able to read, modify or execute your files, and when I say read, it is not that nobody reads your conversations, it is that they could read you the pin code of your credit card, or more sensitive things, even you, as the applications that you give permission, could make calls, alter the voltage of the CPU, even fry your mobile, so you have to be very careful when we root our phones, and who give access to the power of root.
Rooting a mobile, voids the warranty at the time
That’s right, unlock a mobile, that is, root, in most operators automatically cancels the warranty contract with the manufacturer, so beware.
It is true that the rooting process can be reversed, but imagine having the phone root and suffer a brick (the term brick is used in computer science in a few words to say that your phone to death, and only serves as a brick or paperweight and is the worst thing that can happen to you by playing with these things) if your mobile comes a brick without rootear the manufacturer will give you a new terminal, or repair it but if you suffer a brick rooting, I’m sorry to tell you that you’ll have to say goodbye to your mobile forever.
Rooteo and electronic payments
As we said, root has access to all our cell phone, and if a criminal gets access to our mobile phone, he can make purchases to see our pin, and all this because we have granted him The power of the superuser was added to the smartphone.
Already in 2012 google notice that users who had the phone rooted, did not use Google Wallet and this was because a company of cybersecurity discovered a way to crack the PINs of mobile cards rooted remotely.
Today Samsung and other companies do not allow the use of these services on mobile rooteados, for example, in Samsung Pay if we try to pay from a root mobile, we will get a warning saying “Samsung Pay has been blocked by an unauthorized modification”.
You are out of updates and your phone is in danger
When > rooteas the mobile forget about future updates, and that is when we download the system updates via OTA, not only receive s new functions, we receive new security patches, fixeadas vulnerabilities.. and this if you root forget, because when updating our system, we would leave without root, that is, update a mobile after rootearlo means it would be a mobile without root, and it would be as it was at the beginning.
There is an alarming figure today and 88% of the terminals are insecure due to the lack of updates from their users.
do we advise after all this?
That if you are going to root the phone for a basic use of the superuser, do not do it, it is not worth taking such a big risk. If you are a programmer, an expert user and you need to do it to experiment, or test performance on the device, but that is always at your own risk.