If you use a rooted Android, then you need to approach security differently than someone with a non-rooted device.
When used properly, a rooted Android can be just as secure – if not more secure – than a non-rooted device.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best security tips for rooted Android users in 2018.
1) Use Trusted Apps from Reputable Developers
Rooting opens up an entirely new world of Android apps and customization options. However, this isn’t necessarily a good thing.
There are benefits to downloading apps from the Google Play Store and other trusted app stores. You can relax knowing the apps have been individually vetted by Google’s algorithms.
Just because you’ve rooted your phone doesn’t mean you need to download apps from disreputable third-party app stores. Instead, you can continue using the same apps – but access more advanced features.
Popular apps like AdBlock Plus, for example work better with root access. When you grant root access to Adblock Plus, you can enjoy extensive ad-blocking at the root level of your device. That means you can avoid ads not just on browsers – but in all games and apps.
However, you don’t want to grant root access to any app. You can trust AdBlock Plus because it’s a popular app downloaded by millions of people around the world and developed by a reputable developer.
If you’re granting root access to apps, make sure you use only trusted apps from reputable developers.
2) Check All Permissions Carefully Before Granting Them
If you’ve installed an app like SuperSu, then you can easily control which apps get root access and which apps do not.
Let’s be honest: we’ve all skimmed through an app permissions screen. We’ve all seen a pop-up appear on our Android and quickly tabbed through it. Many of us grant permissions to apps without a second thought.
That’s not a good idea – especially on a rooted device where an app might quietly request root access. Make sure you scan all permissions carefully before granting them.
3) Update your Android Operating System Regularly
The only major disadvantage of using a rooted Android device is the fact that you need to update your device manually. A rooted device cannot receive over the air (OTA) updates.
You might not care about some Android updates – like minor UI or graphic changes. However, all Android updates come with essential security patches as well.
Make sure you manually update your Android regularly by installing the latest version of popular ROMs like CyanogenMod or Lineage. Don’t depend on OTA updates – because they’re not coming. If you haven’t updated your rooted Android in months, then your operating system may be filled with security holes that need to be patched.
Overall, rooting has many enormous benefits, including access to a wider range of apps, no more pesky bloatware, and more powerful performance. By following the tips above, you can ensure that rooting doesn’t compromise the security of your rooted Android.