What Is Jailbreaking and Rooting?
Jailbreaking or rooting devices is the unadvisable step often carried out by private consumers so as to side-step the restrictions on mobile devices, allowing them to download additional applications that are otherwise unavailable and to change the operating system. Jailbreaking and rooting voids the warranty and that in itself should be cause enough not to do it.
What about Jailbreaking/Rooting at the Enterprise Level?
In the world of mobile application testing, these same actions are often carried out by those using tools that test devices and it is just as unadvised to do so at the enterprise level as it is at the private consumer level.
What’s so Bad about Jailbreaking and Rooting?
- Jailbreaking and rooting leads to a modification of the device’s system which can lead to stability and performance problems.
- The jailbroken or rooted application’s security is compromised as anyone and everyone can manipulate it as they please.
- In addition, a test carried out on a jailbroken or rooted device is not a reliable test as it is carried out on a device in an environment that is different to the one that the consumer will use the device in.
- Lastly, jailbreaking an iPad or rooting a tablet violates the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). DMCA regulations change every few years- who knows what will be permitted/forbidden later on? Can you take that kind of risk?
Simply put, an enterprise that tests its applications using jailbroken or rooted devices is doing their customers a huge disservice.