If you own an iPod Touch, or any Apple device for that matter, it’s almost a certainty that someone will eventually try to convince you to jailbreak it. And why shouldn’t you consider this option? After your gadget is jailbroken, you get the chance to do so many more cool things with it that those pesky built-in restrictions don’t allow.
But before you go rushing off to free your iPod Touch from Apple’s shiny white claws, stop and think things through very carefully first. Jailbreaking can sometimes cause more trouble than it’s worth. So to help you make up your mind, read on to learn about the major security concerns with jailbroken iPods you may have to deal with:
Lack of Safety and Stability
Jailbreaking can definitely enhance your gadget’s functionality, but it can also make it act up and work in unexpected, often irritating ways. Imagine this: you’re playing that fun new game you just downloaded, you’re about to get a super high score, then crash! Goodbye high score, hello minutes or even hours of aggravation trying to figure out what went wrong with your device.
You see, a jailbreak can open up vulnerabilities and defects in your iPod Touch that didn’t exist before. This can then cause stability issues that can affect performance.
Difficulties Updating the Software
Software updates help to keep your device running as smoothly as possible with improved performance. But updating a jailbroken iPod can be a real pain. When you update your gadget, it loses its jailbroken status, so you have to do the whole thing all over again. After that, you have to re-install all the apps and programs you had. Of course, there are tools that can make the entire process easier, but using them would still require additional work on your part.
Frequent Full Restorations of Data
Sometimes, it takes just one try and you’ve immediately got a jailbroken gizmo. At other times, it takes a lot of effort before the jailbreak sticks. Then you still have to perform a full restore of all your data such as photos, videos, music and other multimedia files. It’s not unusual to spend at most four hours on a single jailbreak and restore operation, so be prepared to sacrifice a huge chunk of time when you decide to do this process. Expect to be bored, then frustrated, and then bored again. And bored some more. Prepare some snacks, just in case.
The High Cost of Good iPod Touch Apps
Applications offered in the Apple Store aren’t exactly known for being the most pocket-friendly of things, but some apps in Cydia can cost even more. For example, if you want to get software that provides you with better features for messaging, app switching, or premium gaming, then be ready to pay a good amount of money for it.
Jailbreaking certainly has its benefits, but it also has its fair share of disadvantages. The best thing for you to do then is to research carefully before deciding on a final course of action. Now that you’ve read this article, what are you thinking of doing?