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> The idea that ROMs from questionable sources make your device safer sounds very strange to me.

It's about owning your hardware, not safety. A person that's willing to go through the hassle knows the consequences of such actions and how to deal with them.

Do "normal people" need to do that? Absolutely not. Should it be easy to do that? Absolutely not. But for those of us that really want to own our hardware, there should be a way of doing so without relying on exploits.

I totally agree, but I don't have any good ideas on how to implement that. I'm not even sure if such a barrier should be technological or legal.

Yeah, pointing to the problem is quite easier than figuring out a solution.

As far as I'm concerned, I actually read the popups and having to click okay about five or six times in a row would make me second-guess my decision. Would that work for everyone? Most of the people? Some of the people? I don't know that answer.

> I'm not even sure if such a barrier should be technological or legal.

My answer would be both. I highly doubt it's in hardware manufacturer's interest to figure out a technological solution, but if there's some legal incentive for them to at least try, they'll figure out a technological solution.

Android's option of connecting the device to a computer over USB, running a program on the computer, logging into the device, seeing a scary warning and wiping the device seems to work well. I don't think I've heard of a large number of people being tricked into unlocking their bootloader — at worst, a handful of script kiddies might have been tricked.

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