Apple TV How safe is Jailbreaking an AppleTV2?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by siritalks, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. siritalks macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Basically, as the thread title says, I wondered how safe it is jail breaking your AppleTV2. Are you not potentially opening up your machine and computer / hard drive to potential danger from viruses or outside hacking / gathering of personal information?

    I only ask, because it doesn't seem like the tools to Jailbreak with are from any official source relating to Plex or Xbmc.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If you jailbreak you definitely compromise the security of the device. I don't know how anyone quantifies "safe" to answer your question definitively, though.
  3. siritalks thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2011
    I guess my question is more relating to my Macbook Pro (which will be running iTunes / Plex) or an external hard drive. I don't want the security of those devices to be compromised. The security of the Apple TV itself isn't a big issue to me as I doubt there'd be any particularly interesting info stored on there.
  4. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    If you find Plex and Xbmc to be safe and "official"(?), you shouldn't have any problems using Seas0nPass by FireCore.
  5. siritalks thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Cool. I'm just worried about third party / untrusted software opening up access to personal information on my hard drive(s). It should be OK, but I just thought I'd ask.
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If the computer you're referring to is a Mac, no worries. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. You cannot infect your Mac simply by visiting a website, unzipping a file, opening an email attachment or joining a network. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which cannot infect your Mac unless you actively install them, and they can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
    As for hacking, as long as you have your firewall enabled, the chances of your Mac being compromised in real world situations is ridiculously remote. Can a Mac be hacked? Of course. This is proven in the hacking competitions that are held every year. Will yours be hacked? It can be said with 99.99% accuracy: absolutely not.
  7. jwm2 macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2012
    I seriously doubt your apple tv 2 would ever get hacked. I mean the pay off is what your apple id and password if they can decrypt it? Of which you would notice the unauthorized activity and change your password immediately. Doesn't sound like it would be worth it to me.

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