iPhone Question about jail breaking

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by geeshiet, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. geeshiet macrumors member

    May 26, 2014
    I have a iPhone 5s on iOS 8.1.3. My question is about security and how vulnerable my device will be if I jailbreak. So let's say I watch porn (let's be mature here) or go to a malicious website and got a virus by accident, what will happen to my jail broken phone? Are the viruses similar to a computer? I use an app to access my bank account, should I still use it if I jailbreak? I know I should just look it up online, which I have but i want your opinions and answers. Sorry I'm still a Noob to Apple devices, I just switched from android to iOS.
  2. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    short answer : its not possible to jailbreak 8.1.3
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    bushido is correct. You cannot jailbreak 8.1.3 currently.

    So, I will speak to your security question. Jailbreaking involves using exploits to defeat Apple's mechanism that prevents users from installing tweaks that modify the system and apps that do not come from the App store.

    Those exploits are jealously guarded (and sometimes burned) by the jailbreak devs. To compromise your device in the same way someone would have to either know those exploits or they would be common enough that Apple would know and then would patch them. Because Apple does not want you to jailbreak. Either way, both the jailbreakers and those who jailbreak would lose.

    So, the act of jailbreaking your device does not therefore immediately compromise it and leave it wide open for unscrupulous people to do very bad things to your iDevice.

    Currently, there are very few if any viruses or security issues that would compromise iOS. While this is always possible, it's not going to come down the same way that the JB devs use to jailbreak your device. The normal security that a stock iDevice has a jailbroken iDevice still has.

    Of course, because we are jailbroken there are indeed other ways that we ourselves can compromise our devices. If we install SSH and do not change the default password that opens us up. But only because of our failure to do our due diligence.

    Leaving a jailbroken iDevice lying around gives physical access to your iDevice and once someone has that if you have failed to secure your device, it can be compromised, just like a stock iDevice.

    When you choose to jailbreak you are taking responsibility for your device's security and stability. Only you can open yourself up by not being responsible for what you install or allow to happen physically with your device.
  4. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007

    I've always jail broken - apart from a slight break recently.

    I use my banking apps with confidence and I choose to run a light jail break however and prefer not to download SSH etc.

    You are correct in asking these questions and performing some homework so your indeed ready for when and if iOS 8.1.3 becomes jail breakable or you obtain a device with iOS 8.1.2 etc on it.

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