Sunday, October 30, 2016

When to Jalbreak Your Device

Jail breaking is defined in  the computer world is to modify (a smartphone or other electronic device) to remove restrictions imposed by the manufacturer or operator, e.g. to allow the installation of unauthorized software. So there are many pros and cons when deciding if jail breaking is for you.

First we will discuss some reasons to stay away from jail breaking.

TIME AND EFFORT

Most of the time the jailbreak is successful however many people have to repeat the process over and over. Dedicate at least two hours to complete the jailbreak if you brick your device which means the device is unusable and requires a complete wipe and restore to make it functional again.

VOIDING WARRANTY

Though it's now legal to jailbreak your iPhone, doing so still voids your phone's warranty. Without a valid warranty, Apple will not cover any damages or other malfunctions related to your phone. So if you have the tendency to break Apple products or have buggy experiences with your device, you might want to reconsider.

SECURITY VULNERABILITIES

Jail breaking your device eliminates security layers designed to protect your personal information. With this security removed from your iOS device, hackers may steal your personal information, attack your network, or introduce malware, spy ware, or viruses.

These are some big reasons to stay away from jail breaking however there are plenty of reasons to jailbreak.

CUSTOMIZATION

One of the primary reasons why people jailbreak their iPhone is to be able to customize the look and feel of iOS with themes and icons from changing the look by installing themes, adding extra icons to the dock or even an extra set of keys to the virtual keyboard.

ACCESS TO  UNAUTHORIZED APPS

 Cydia, an unauthorized app store open to jail broken iPhone, consumers can still access some software that Apple won’t allow. Cydia is an alternative to Apple's App Store for "jailbroken" devices, at this time including iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches, specializing in the distribution of all that is not an "app". Here is a link to Cydia's App Store to get a feel of what they offer Cydia App Store.

At the end of the day the choice is yours and if you are ready to jailbreak your device stay at your current IOS and rev and check if a jailbreak is available. Any jail breaking service or advice can contact the team at Vanmackay Computer Solutions