The Secret Behind “Jailbreaking”

The term “jailbreaking” was originally used to describe some serious hacker level reprogramming that changed the source code and eliminated restrictions for iOS devices.

Living life dangerously? Maybe you’ve got a friend-of-a-friend who knows a guy that knows a guy that can get you the fabled “jailbroken Fire TV Stick.” Of course, you’ll end up paying for it—but it’s worth it, right?

Maybe not.

The term “jailbreaking” was originally used to describe some serious hacker level reprogramming that changed the source code and eliminated restrictions for iOS devices. For those of us who still couldn’t program a 90’s VCR, that means that they made it possible for devices like the Fire TV Stick to stream programs illegally. You could watch movies and programs that you’d usually pay for without, well, paying for them.

Unfortunately, the world is full of amateur hackers or people who want to make a quick buck on your behalf. Whether you’re trying to buy a device that’s already jailbroken or trying to have it done to one that you already own—there’s a good chance that you’re getting ripped off.

Most of these techniques are things that you can do on your own in less than 15-minutes. A few weeks ago, we released an article on the Kodi app—and this is more than likely the app that’s been used to jailbreak your devices.

Downloading it can take some finesse and involves a short detour to “developer options.” Two programs later and you can start using your Fire TV Stick or other device to watch or listen to things otherwise unavailable to you.

Believe it or not, this process is completely legal clear up until you start downloading, streaming, or copying anything you should be paying for.

This is a classic case of copyright infringement, and punishable by all of those things that you read in the fine print at the beginning of movies.

The only real secret to jailbreaking is how simple it actually is. Don’t get ripped off—and remember to enjoy your entertainment responsibly.

Patricia Howard

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Patricia Howard is a freelance journalist and Netflix enthusiast from rural Indiana. She has a bachelor''s degree in communication with a concentration in journalism. When Patricia isn''t writing, she enjoys catching up on her favorite shows with her husband and seven children.

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