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I'm thinking of rooting my android phone (HTC Desire 300) and was wondering if doing so would affect the internet security with stuff like online banking. Is it still secure to do my banking on a phone that has been rooted? Does it make any of my other online passwords or details vulnerable or unsecured?

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  • dup android.stackexchange.com/questions/164/…
    – n00b
    Nov 10, 2014 at 16:07
  • I agree with n00b – after taking a look at this answer. Perfectly fits your question IMHO.
    – Izzy
    Nov 13, 2014 at 22:52
  • Aww thanks so much guys, sorry I'm new to this site and didn't see that thread :) thanks everyone!
    – Justin
    Nov 15, 2014 at 3:46

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When your phone is "rooted", applications can be installed (intentionally or otherwise) that can do almost anything on your phone, including breaching the Android application sandbox. Thus, by rooting your phone, you are removing a critical layer of the multi-layered security system. This can be mitigated, to a degree, by restricting root privileges to only applications that you trust.

Typically, to obtain root privileges, you have to run code for which you don't have the source code. This also lowers your overall security.

In the end, some people will choose to not root their phones because the risks outweigh the benefits, while others come to the opposite value-based decision.

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    "the opposite value-based decision" that's a good way of putting it! +1
    – RossC
    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:28
  • Thanks for answering. Hmm that's definitely making me re-evaluate my desicion to root. This may seem like an oxymoron but is there anyway to root without the security breach?
    – Justin
    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:40
  • You can try dual-boot and have one rooted and one "normal" ROM installed. Nov 10, 2014 at 15:09
  • Okay cool, thanks TimoS. I will look into that :)
    – Justin
    Nov 13, 2014 at 12:24

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