Is it worth rooting Android to install a firewall app?

May 16, 2014
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Is it worth rooting my phone so I can install an Android firewall app like Droidwall?

  1. Sam
    May 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Haven't seen it suggested yet, but definitely check out Mobiwol firewall
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netspark.firewall

    I've been using it for almost a year now. Great app, free, and doesn't require root so your device stays secure. Keeps me within my data limits, no issue.

  2. Dalsan M
    May 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I'd agree with not rooting just to install and use a firewall. Lookout Mobile incorporates a firewall with antivirus and many more features for free, but their paid option is even better if you want more control, backup options, and ability to perform more actions should you lose your device or it is stolen.

    You may "protect" one area by using a firewall, but you are opening your device to much more vulnerabilities, including user error, with rooting. You need good reasons to root, not just supposed firewall protection that can be dealt with in other, safer ways.

  3. Hovsep A
    May 16, 2014 at 6:48 am

    you want to root android just to install Droidwall?

    • Rajaa C
      May 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      That is why I suggested NoRoot Firewal with the playstore link, as it does not require rooting the phone.

    • Oron J
      May 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      I'm with you two on this. Seems pointless to root a phone just for this. If there are other reasons to root, then fine, but just to install a firewall seems a little over the top.

    • Dror E
      May 20, 2014 at 6:41 am

      Agree - rooting just opens up other security and privacy concerns that IMO outweigh the value of the firewall protection. And in any case, there are great apps now that don't require root permissions to deliver firewall functionality

      I personally use this one https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netspark.firewall

      Came across it after reading this review http://dschwartzberg.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/mobiwol-no-root-firewall-for-android/

  4. Rajaa C
    May 16, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Check this forum : http://androidforums.com/android-applications/606580-droidwall-rooting-recommend-firewall.html

    Also you may like to checkout NoRoot Firewall at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.greyshirts.firewall . This does not require a rooting of your phone.

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