Improving App Security By Understanding The Galaxy S5 Root

Today the newspapers are filled with privacy scandals. Every day I read about some kind of privacy issue, or that a popular online service has been hacked and all user-data has been retracted from their databases. As saddening as this sounds, it comes as no surprise because apps aren’t made to be secure. It’s as simple as that.

Whenever an app developer creates an app, the last thing he will think about is security. First he thinks about the idea, then about the success/money he can get making it, then he creates the app and then he hopes many people are going to use it so he can become rich overnight!

Sorry for the rant here – that’s just what I’ve seen from years of experience, and that’s the mindset of 99.5% of the developers out there.

So, how can we make sure that our apps are secure and hack-proof? Well, we can’t make them bulletproof, but we can make them really difficult to be hacked by taking a look at the Galaxy S5 rooting community.

Why We Should Keep An Eye On Root Access For Security Purposes

There are several reasons to do this, but the main reason is basically because rooting is the same as hacking. Galaxy S5’s operating system gets modified without Google’s approval, so that it can then run specific apps, the whole OS can be turned upside down etc. You get the point.

The point I made before that you can’t make your apps hack-proof should also be clear now. If even a billion dollar company like Google can’t keep their OS hack-proof, then surely we as small time app developers can’t either. And while that’s true, we can make sure that we’re up to date with the latest hacking techniques, and we can also keep track on what Google does to patch those root access methods.

Also, there’s a whole community been building for years now over at the XDA forums, where all the latest news regarding rooting is shared, so you can quickly browse around there to see what they’re up to.

In fact, I even encourage you to root Galaxy S5, just to see how it impacts your OS. It’s always best to “blend in with the enemy” so to speak. Then learn, analyze and try to code your app in a way so that it doesn’t leak user details.

How Root Access It Acquired

Galaxy S5 users can get root access fairly easy nowadays. In the early days it used to be one big coding mess, but it’s fairly easy now for mainstream users to apply as well due to the fact that the available root apps that are available are basically adding the lines of codes and root protocols to Galaxy S5’s SDK automatically.

Once root permissions have been obtained. SuperUser access will be given, and this is basically a confirmation that the root was successful, and that we can now do anything we want with our Galaxy S5. We can completely customize it, we can install any application to it that we want. So basically, the whole Galaxy S5 platform is now in our control. That’s why it’s so important to take a close look at Galaxy S5 rooting when you want to make sure you develop an app that’s secure.

Galaxy S5 App Security: Rooted vs. Unrooted

Now what should you cater your app for, for rooted or for unrooted Galaxy S5 devices? Which is the most secure? Well, they both are, so you should create the app to be applicable for both , but you must never forget that root access isn’t an extra layer of risk for your app, you should learn from it to add extra layers of protection to your app. See it as a form of extra encryption, because that’s currently one of the best ways to keep the data of your app users safe.

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