There are many reasons why a smartphone user would want to root their Android phone. Think of it like running Windows programs with full administration privileges. Not only will you have access to hidden files and increased functionality, but some apps won't even load if you don't have elevated access.
Rooting an Android phone has many advantages, including:
- Removing system apps that cannot be disabled or uninstalled via the standard methods
- Deleting bundled software, often referred to as bloatware, that takes up precious storage space
- Manually backup system data for later restoration to another phone
- Altering the way your phone's CPU behaves or modifying the graphical user interface (GUI)
- Installing certain ad-blocking software
Although rooting exists, at least somewhat, in a legal grey area, there are plenty of legitimate uses for rooting. Unfortunately, doing so can leave your phone open to hacks and attacks from outside intruders. As a result, you should never root your Android phone unless you're prepared to introduce new levels of security to keep your data safe.
Safeguarding a Rooted Android Phone
While it is true that rooted phones are more susceptible to threats like viruses, malware and even hackers, it's not as scary as it seems. In fact, some users have made their phones even safer and more secure as a result.
To achieve maximum safety with your rooted Android phone, always remember the following tips:
Keep your software updated. This includes updates to the Android OS software as well any other apps that are installed on your phone. It doesn't even matter if you use these programs or not. Outdated programs on a rooted phone are a potential goldmine for would-be hackers.
Turn off USB debugging. While this handy feature results in a stronger, more secure connection between your PC and Android phone, it's also a potential threat to the security of a rooted phone. Luckily, USB debugging is easily toggled on or off as needed.
Manage the permissions of individual apps. Smartphone apps rely on permissions to access different features and functionality. A microphone or camera, for example, cannot be utilized by a third-party app unless it has the correct permission level. This typically isn't a concern for non-rooted phones, but devices that have already been rooted are prone to shady apps and services that want to steal your information.
Download apps from reliable sources. Many viruses and malicious programs are installed by the phone's user without even knowing it. To minimize the risk, always download files from secure and trustworthy sites. The Google Play Store is the only official source for Android apps. Downloading files from any other source could potentially harm your phone.
As you can see, there is a lot you can do to a rooted Android phone to make it even safer than it was in the first place. Although it's impossible to achieve 100 percent protection from any device, the tips described above will help you avoid the most common problems that occur after rooting an Android device.
How to Protect Your Android Phone After Gaining Root Access
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