Maybank App to be blocked on jailbroken or rooted phones tomorrow

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In line with enhancing security on their Maybank2U App, Maybank has announced that it will enforce strictly a new ruling involving smartphones tomorrow, 4th March 2017.

The ruling involves smartphones which are rooted or jailbroken. Jailbreaking is the process of removing the software restrictions on an iPhone or iPad which are put in place by the manufacturer, in this case Apple. Rooting on the other hand is a similar process of removing the security restrictions on Android devices.

According to a statement by Maybank “Jailbroken and Rooted devices are vulnerable to fraudulent attacks and as part of our effort to protect your banking transactions, devices with lower security will be prevented from using the Maybank App.”

It is unknown how many users would be affected by the move, but it is a known fact that jailbroken or rooted smartphones have a tendency to carry spyware.

With the new ruling, jailbroken or rooted smartphone users will need to restore their phones to its original setting in order to use the Maybank App in the future.

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