Root access is a means of bypassing the default security protections built into the operating system.
Root access leaves your device and data exposed to vulnerabilities because you won’t be able to install the latest security updates. Personal and financial information can be accessed by non-trusted app developers that create backdoors into your system.
Lookout's System Advisor Will notify you if your device's operating system is compromised in this manner and our Security Scan will detect malware or root enablers present on your device.
Root enabler apps enable individuals to gain escalated privileges on a device (i.e. Rooting the device) that allows them to take actions that would otherwise be prohibited by the operating system. They can compromise the built-in security features of your device and may be used to download malware. They can also enable the collection of personal data.