Still here, still not rooted. I've followed numerous threads, know about a few methods to root and most likely will follow this guide http://www.droidforums.net/forum/hac...lator-zip.html . I understand the steps, not just what to do but what it does so don't anticipate any problems. It will be fun to match that expectation up with reality.
Here's a question/concept I'd like to share and get feedback on.
The right thing to do with your home PC is not log on as admin. I suspect that practice is not widely followed due to the inconvenience even though we might only spend 30 minutes a week installing something. Although in reality most of us are in "user" mode far more than in "admin" mode.
This is true in the unix/linux/corporate world as well. The majority of users are never logged on with full admin rights. It prevents the operator from making a mistake.
These practices also mean that if something nasty comes along and a superuser is not logged on then the nasty can't go installing stuff because nobody is logged on with the rights to install software. In a nutshell...if root/admin is not logged on it prevents the unwanted from occurring.
Iphones have been infected a couple of times Jailbroken iPhones infected, again - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Brainstorm Tech
Un-rooted phones were fine.
Question 1: With the above in mind, would it make sense to do the following 4 steps?
1 - root
2 - backup
3 - modify (make changes that only can be done by root and/or swap roms)
3 - un-root
With the phone in hand you could re-root and make further modifications and then un-root again. Outside forces couldn't easily root your phone and have executable permissions.
Question 2: Has anyone un-rooted a ROM without going all the way back to stock? (given the current directions out there...can we do that?)
Question 3: If you could un-root and re-root at will, would you take advantage of doing so?
I think our phones are at higher risk of "catching" something or being taken advantage of if always left in a rooted state. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but why leave full access available to something that accesses it?
I mean really...do you want to end up with a keystroke logger on your Droid?
I also think the risk is small right now because the target audience is too small so the lack of being able to un-root from a rom would not prevent me from rooting at this point in time. Like everything else concerning rooting you need to make your own decision and yours may differ from mine.