Android OS is based on Linux. On Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems, the root user is equivalent to the Administrator user on Windows. The root user has access to the entire operating system and can do anything. By default, you dont have root access to your own Android device’s root user account. To get access to this account, is called “rooting”. This is however different from “jail breaking” and “unblocking”.
Getting to know more about the dangers…
Its important to state before proceeding that Android devices don’t come rooted for a reason. In fact, Google and device manufacturers usually go out of their way to prevent you from rooting. Rooting exposes your device to plethora of issues;
Security: rooting obviously breaks your apps out of the OS security claws. Granting malicious apps rooting privileges could be very disastrous, for instance malicious apps may snop around your Google wallet app on your rooted device, thereby Compromising your financial security.
Bricking and warranty: for the record, rooted phones are not usually covered under manufacturers warranty, so if you go snooping around your device and things go south, don’t be expecting a warranty repair or replacement anytime soon.
One minute you are holding a cool and SciFi looking mobile device and the next you are barely holding on to a “digital carcass” on life support. The list of probably causes are endless, but notable among them is Rooting. There are a thousand reason you might want to root your device and probably one very good reason you might not want to; killing your device.Rooting is often a simple and quick process. However, there’s no single standard way to root every device and were there are no standards, danger roams free. So unless you intend to sentence your device to death by “Rooting”, you might want to take precautions during rooting or ditch the process entirely. If for some reason you feel taking the risk is worth it, here are seemingly safe and easy ways as well as softwares to root your device with;
Towelroot By GeoHot: you can download and install this app from Google play. During installation the Android OS will alert you that the app is about to bypass android security settings, but don’t freak out, bypassing security is the whole point of rooting in the first place. The app uses exploits to root your device without much complications.Towelroot should support every Android phone or tablet with a kernel build date before June 3, 2014.
(You can find your device’s kernel build date by opening the Settings screen, scrolling down, and tapping About Phone or About Tablet. Look for a date under “Kernel version.”)
Kingo Root is another software that simplifies the rooting process and an easy way to root a large amount of Android devices. This is a Windows desktop app, so you’ll need to download Kingo Root and run it on your Windows PC. It will then automatically root your phone or tablet using a variety of ttechnique if all conditions are met. But first, before connecting your device to your PC via USB for rooting, you have to first enable USB debugging. USB debuuging is a little complicated in android 4.4.2, but i will walk you through anyway. To access the devoloper menu on your android 4.4.2 device, go to Settings >>more >> About phone >>build Number, tab the build number field for seven times. Now hit back, returned to the settings panel, you will notice a new field; Developer option. Now click that and then scroll down, locate the “Enable USB debugging” and tick the field. Viola!! Your done! Kingo root will do the rest and notify you when the process is done.It’s a security risk, to leave USB debugging enabled all the time. For example, if you connect your Android phone to a USB charging port in a public location, the port
could use the USB access to your phone to access data on your phone or install malicious stuffs.This is only possible if USB debugging is enabled.
SuperSu is a root manager app that is installed ones your phone has been ronoted. It helps manage which app receives root permission and which one doesn’t. For some reason if this wasn’t installed, you can download it on Google play. Whatever you do with your rooted device, don’t go playing around at the developer option panel, unless of course you want to get a new device so badly that you feel its time to dispose off the current one. And also if for some reasons you get tired of using a rooted device, the same softwares used for rooting can also “unroot” your device.
Legality of rooting
According to Digital Millennium Copyright Act
(DMCA), Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute lawfully obtained software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications with computer programs on the telephone handset. In simple terms, as long you are not using
root-enabled tools outside of getting it to
operate programs, no one is getting a billion dollar lawsuit or spending quality time behind bars. So whatever you do, keep it legal.