Okay... first off... most experienced Rooted Android Users have multiple backups of their Rom(s).. so actually I am more protected then a non rooted phone. I actually have 4 different Roms installed on my HTC Incredible (Multiboot setup) and can just boot into one of the other Roms if somehow I had a problem.
Plus.. I also have saved a backup of my Rom and apps to my PC.
Also by having a Rooted device.. I have COMPLETE control over each and every app. I use an app designed for rooted devices called "Absolute System" that lets me see what an app does in the back ground and disable anything I want.. like whether it sends statistical data etc.. so not only is my privacy more protected then a non rooted device... I also get performance gains because my apps are sending and receiving less data therefore increasing my battery life.
Another nice benefit to rooting is the ability to remove "Bloatware apps" (those apps your cellular provider put into the hidden system app area of your devices OS).. one problem with bloatware is that you can't uninstall it normally.. with a rooted device you can remove it.
— modified on Aug 31, 2011 6:20:27 AM