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I Think I Wanna 'Jailbreak' My Phone -- But I'm Not Sure


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#1 Plug 1

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 10:17 AM

Greetings!  I be the new guy here, yet again thirsting to drink from the bountiful knowledge omnipresent on bleepingcomputer.com/forums (does flattery get me anywhere?).  Here's my "issue": I think I want to jailbreak my phone, but I'm not sure.  Allow me to explain.
 
I have a Boost LG Venice
 

Android Version:

4.1.2


Software Version:

LG730ZV8


The phone is fine.  I like it more-or-less.  Well the battery life sucks, but that's not my point.
 
My point is that I want to turn my device into a hotspot.  I did some reading on it (on another forum) and it was suggested that I download PdaNet+, which I did.  The instructions then proceeded to give me a series of steps to achieve the desired outcome, which I followed.  But my phone is still NOT a hotspot.  
 
In retrospect, I'm glad I didn't do it, because I came across this thread here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/533519/your-android-phone-viewed-illegal-porn-to-unlock-it-pay-a-300-fine/#entry3382247
 
Now to be clear, I don't want my phone to become susceptible to some nasty android preying virus, but I do want the hotspot feature.  My question is can I still gain hotspot status without opening myself up to the risk of catching a virus?  After considering the possible outcomes, I prefer security.  But if its possible, I do wanna do it.  
 
Can someone help me?

Edit: Moved topic from Cell Phones to the more appropriate forum.~ Animal

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 11:00 PM

First consideration would be if your carrier even allows it under your existing contract. Some charge for allowing it. Some will terminate your contract as it's not allowed except on certain devices with certain contracts.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 06:32 PM

Thank You for your response Animal.  I had held out hope that I would be able to use some fancy maneuver to 'upgrade' my phone in such a way.  Now I am quite content with my device as-is. 



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 10:56 PM

You're quite welcome. I mentioned it, as I have acquaintances who learned the hard way. And it was an expensive lesson both times.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 11:35 PM

Wouldn't Jail Breaking also pose a security risk malware and such?


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 07:24 AM

Yes rooting the Android device would pose a slightly higher risk. In as much as you have potential for another attack vector. But as long as you're aware the vector is present you can put precautions in place.

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