- 11-28-2011, 11:57 PM #2
- 11-29-2011, 12:44 AM #3
- 11-29-2011, 12:54 AM #4
If you restore the device before having them look at it there is no way of them knowing it has ever been jailbroken.
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- 11-29-2011, 01:00 AM #5
It allows you to theme the phone, and install any of hundreds of highly useful tweaks and mods that you otherwise couldn't.
Here is a good write up: What is Jailbreaking?
- 11-29-2011, 02:23 AM #6
- 11-29-2011, 07:11 AM #7
- 11-29-2011, 07:40 AM #8
I think the "whole truth" is that no device is totally secure, and that user carelessness is more likely to be the cause of a security breach than anything else. For instance, the iOS malware I think you're referring to required that a user jailbreak, install an SSH program, leave the program running, and not change the default password. That is a far cry from simply jailbreaking, which simply allows a user to gain access to root files on the device.
Last edited by Massie; 11-29-2011 at 08:00 AM.
- 11-29-2011, 08:41 AM #9
Jailbreak basically opens up customizing and modding to a phone that is pretty much locked down from Apple...are there risks? Sure! If you don't know what you are doing and you start messing with system stuff you have no business messing with in the first place, you can really do a number on your iPhone, but you won't EVER accidentally do this, you'd have to go through a lot of installing and accessing to even get close to the potentially harmful stuff.
And even still...99.9999999999% of the time, restoring will return it to stock with no problems.
Ignore the naysayers, and their redundant (and inaccurate) comments.
- 11-29-2011, 10:43 AM #11
Yes, if you take your jailbroken iPhone to Apple in that state they have the right to refuse you service as technically you voided your warranty. But all you have to do is restore it in iTunes before you take it to them and you are fine.
You will get better help and more information in the jailbreak section of these forums.
Last edited by sting7k; 11-29-2011 at 10:45 AM.
- 11-29-2011, 11:29 AM #12
- 11-29-2011, 04:17 PM #13
- 11-30-2011, 08:20 AM #14iMore Intermediate
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"Themes" allow you to change the lockscreen, keyboard, font, etc. Here are some pictures of different themes applied to an iphone:
^In this theme you see that the app icons are changed
^This is a lockscreen theme, the slider and clock are removed and replaced with other stuff.
Tweaks allow you to change how a phone works. A popular tweak is called activator. Activator allows you to set an app to a motion. For example, you can set it so tapping the volume up button will allow you to compose a text message, or pressing the home key three times will let you tweet.
Another popular tweak is "BiteSMS". BiteSMS allows you to "quick-compose" a text message, meaning you don't have to leave the app you're in, or even unlock your phone to send a text. See the video below:
Other tweaks that I can think of off the top of my head do things like let you put 5 icons on your dock, adjust the phone's dictionary, let you create shortcuts to adjust brightness, wifi and other toggles, let you quick tweet, etc.
Did that help to answer your questions?
- 11-30-2011, 10:54 AM #15
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- 06-02-2013, 05:31 PM #18iMore Intermediate
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- 06-02-2013, 10:31 PM #19
Re: What does Jailbreak mean/do exactly?
While it technically voids the warranty, it's rarely enforced. A hardware failure will still result in a replacement phone. Anything that doesn't disable the screen can be fixed with a restore. Voiding the warranty is used as a threat rather than an actual practice.
The malware attacks you're speaking of require ssh to be enabled. Jailbreaking alone doesn't do this. You must opt into this option within cydia by specifically searching for it. You can also mitigate the threat by changing your root and mobile passwords, using sbsettings to disable ssh when not in use, or a combination of both.
Two different jailbreaks exploited bugs to install software from the mobile browser. As you're obviously not as technically inclined as you pretend to be, let me explain what that means. Those jailbreaks used an exploit that malware could also use, in factory phones. The most recent web based jailbreak also resulted in a patch being released to jailbroken phones to fix this vulnerability first. Without jailbreaking, these exploits would be much more likely to find use in malware.
You suggest you're providing the while picture in response to people sharing a biased opinion that only represents one side of the coin. Instead, you're doing the same exact thing you accuse others of. Sadly, while they choose to not get into depth about every possible thing that can happen, their statements were actually accurate. Yours were spoken from a position of ignorance only worsened by the condescending way you finished your post. If you don't have anything intelligent to say, at least have the courtesy to not talk down on others?