You may have heard of the phrase “jailbreaking” being tossed around in many articles that are related to the iPhone, and although allows you to install and run apps and tweaks in your iPhone that were previously impossible, there are a lot of disadvantages that come with jailbreaking.
Now admittedly, jailbreaking does have a lot of advantages, but these advantages have proven to become overshadowed by the numerous disadvantages as well as said advantages have become standard features of the iOS. Let us look at some of these disadvantages.
1. The vulnerability
The security firm responsible for making hacking tools for the iOS has been hacked themselves, and in the documents that were released, it was revealed that the iPhones that are jailbroken which run said tools pose the risk of being compromised whereas iPhones that aren’t jailbroken pose less threat. Although it is possible that these attacks can occur someplace else, the malware attacks that are focused on jailbroken iPhones are pretty high. This is due to the fact that the jailbroken iPhones have exploits that are popular and publicly known which hackers can then use for malicious intents. A solution to this problem is to upgrade to the latest iOS version since the jailbreaking process is overridden with each legitimate update.
2. Jailbreaking each version of the iOS
In order to jailbreak the iPhone, there needs to exist security holes that are exploited so that the environment in which the operating system is placed is left behind. But the problem arises when you need to jailbreak each version of the iOS since the security defects that are present in the existing iOS aren’t the same in the newer version of iOS. This is because Apple focuses on said defects in the newer versions of iOS.
3. Stability issues
There is also the added disadvantage of the operating system being extremely unstable since you will be installing a lot of apps and tweaks that aren’t authorized by Apple. By installing these apps, you run the risk of messing with the iOS that is installed in the iPhone. This means constant rebooting of the iPhone and countless crashes in you are not careful. If these crashes and reboots increase in its frequency, all that can be done is to restore the phone back to its original condition and even then, there is no telling how much of the damage can be fixed for good.