View Poll Results: Will you root the N4?
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- 12-20-2012, 04:27 PM #26
- 60 Posts
Got it. But I have this feeling that you lose security or you become vulnerable once you go root. Otherwise, why people still refusing to go root?
I'm planning on go root because I want to do full backup mainly because I want to try Nova launcher and a lot of stuff to customize my phone and I don't want to mess it up.
- 12-20-2012, 04:41 PM #27
Again, I'm a root advocate if you have a reason. I listed mine above. The "gaining total control of your device" argument - I get it, but it's pretty vague. If you know of specific apps you want to use which require root permissions or your a flashaholic like some of us, that's great.. But if you don't have a specific reason then you should research until you find one. It does compromise your device's security to unlock the bootloader and root it, and you should understand how it does and why it does and why you should be reasonably cautious/intelligent in your decision making if you choose to go that route.
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- 12-20-2012, 04:51 PM #28
When you choose to take matters into your own hands to unlock your bootloader and apply root access you take the responsibility for doing so which removes the carrier and OEM from being held responsible in the event you mess up your device. But they also have to prove you did this to your device to use it against you, which is hard because if we can unlock it we can return it to stock also with no signs left behind
I like Advisor 2defs view also, very well presented :-D
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- 12-21-2012, 08:07 AM #29
- 292 Posts
Mainly I stick to Google Play Store whenever possible, research on the forums, backup and I have Avast for a little peace of mind. There are security risks no doubt but I think I've taken enough precautions for the flexibility and enjoyment I get.
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- 12-22-2012, 02:07 PM #30
If security is a paramount concern of yours, don't unlock, don't root and don't allow installs from unknown sources. I personally think that doing that is only a marginal increase in risk and completely acceptable but that's me. It's not my place to tell anyone it's not a big deal because to many, it is.
But it's important to keep in mind, at least so far, the type of "malware" we're seeing on Android are using phishing vectors. Meaning you need to be tricked or duped into giving some level of access by allowing the app to bypass security measures. We haven't yet seen any so called zero day vulnerabilities that use vectors that require no user intervention. Blogs like grand headlines that have "Android" and "Malware" because people read them and that's how they make money. Truthfully, even considering some of the more recently vulnerabilities, Android isn't an OS filled with security holes. Things are pretty good and just like on a PC, if you use a little common sense the risks are almost zero, even when hacking up your phone.
Do your homework, like mouze said, then enjoy your phone.
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