Rooting Android comes with a long list of “pros” and a short list of “cons”. Security is one of those cons.
But does rooting Android really compromise your security? Or are these security threats overblown and exaggerated? Let’s find out.
Top 3 Security Threats to Rooted Android Devices
Android rooting naysayers list three main security threats on rooted Android devices, including:
1) You can “brick” your smartphone
This used to be true in the early days of rooting, when you had to download shady files from obscure Russian websites in order to root your Android.
Today, things have changed, and professionally-designed root software like One Click Root provides the best possible way to root your Android device.
Even free apps and tools, while not guaranteed to work on most devices, will still attempt to root your device without doing anything that could turn it into a brick.
One Click Root actually has a special “anti-brick” security measure built in. The software scans your Android version and model number to ensure it’s verified to run on that device. If you have an unsupported device, then One Click Root will let you know and it will not run.
2) Your phone warranty is voided
It’s totally legal to root your phone. Some manufacturers, however, will void your warranty after rooting. That means if you root your phone, and then experience a software or hardware malfunction later on, then you may not be covered.
Now, some manufacturers are sneaky about this. Samsung uses KNOX Security to keep track of the number of times you’ve flashed your device, for example. If you return an unrooted device, but this flash counter says you’ve rooted, then you may not be covered.
Many manufacturers, however, can be tricked simply by unrooting your device.
Google your device before you make a warranty request to see how easy it can be to trick it. You’re definitely not the first Android user to request warranty coverage after rooting.
What I’m saying is this: Just because you rooted your device doesn’t automatically mean you can’t get warranty coverage.
3) Malware Can More Easily Attack your Device
Out of all three security threats listed on this page, this is the one that is most dangerous.
Since you now have root access to your device, any attacker that also gains access to your device will also have root access. This could potentially give a malicious attacker enormous control over your phone.
Another problem is that rooting Android may also disable your mobile security. Samsung’s KNOX Security, for example, basically turns itself off after you root.
You can also install apps more easily from sources outside the Google Play Store. The Play Store has its own filters built in to prevent malware. But when you install apps from outside the Play Store, all bets are off.
Ultimately, both of these problems can be fixed by being careful with your phone.
One of the best lessons I can give you is to not install free premium apps. As soon as you start looking for pirated apps, you’re going to encounter apps that want to fill your phone with malware and viruses. Avoid the temptation and stick to the Play Store wherever possible.
If the security threats of rooting are stressing you out, then you can always unroot your phone with just a few clicks. Check out this guide where we explain how to unroot any Android device.