You can personalize your iPhone to make it faster or more functional, but only to a degree. To take your changes even further, the only option is to jailbreak it. But at what cost? Are you prepared to pay the price of your own security?
Jailbreaking your iPhone unlocks the OS of your device and frees apps from Apple-imposed limitations. This means that you can change fundamental features of the system and, instead of relying only on the App Store, download apps from any website.
Jailbreaking became widely available in 2007, when the first iPhone was released, and Apple has been fighting against it ever since. Every time a new iOS version is introduced, hackers find security flaws and release a jailbreak.
While many people are completely happy with their default iPhones, some want to replace Safari with another browser, add extra icons to the homescreen, or install old games that are not available on the App Store.
Although legal in most countries, jailbreaking still involves risks. Here’s why:
Although it is likely to void your warranty, jailbreaking is legal in the United States and is likely to be legal in most countries (though it’s worth checking). That doesn’t mean it will always stay legal. The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) in the US had at one point made the practice illegal, but this interpretation was overturned in court. You own the device and should have the right to change it as you see fit.
The only thing illegal is downloading paid apps for free or using your phone for criminal activities. Jailbreaking violates Apple’s terms and conditions, but if you jailbreak an iPhone only for your personal use, no judge will raise an eyebrow. So far there have been no cases where Apple would take somebody to court. And if that happened, they would probably lose, as there are no laws against it.
If your priority is safety, then we advise you against jailbreaking. If you’ve already decided to jailbreak, we have a few tips for staying a bit more secure:
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