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rosie 2 points ago +2 / -0

Those built-in utilities track you just as much. Better to use a deg00gled phone and open-source utilities (check out https://f-droid.org/en/packages/ ).

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rosie 2 points ago +2 / -0

GrapheneOS currently works only on Google Pixels, because those are the ONLY phones that allow you to unlock the bootloader, install a new OS, and relock the bootloader. Rooting a phone actually makes it LESS secure.

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rosie 1 point ago +1 / -0

Nope. LineageOS (also other OSes that require rooting the phone):

1.Disables verified boot

  1. Weakens SELinux policies

  2. Lacks proper update security, including rollback protection

  3. Adds substantial attack surface (i.e. FFmpeg along libstagefright)

  4. Merges in questionable alpha-quality code

  5. Leaves the bootloader unlocked

7, Users must flash the firmware and vendor partitions monthly

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rosie 1 point ago +1 / -0

That's the only way to update a LineageOS phone. GrapheneOS updates itself automatically and securely.

TBH, I really don't know why LineageOS is so highly recommended. Apparently so many people are hung up on the idea that it's a good thing to root the phone, which actually makes it LESS secure.

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rosie 1 point ago +1 / -0

PLEASE, for the love of God and all that's holy, give us a synopsis, or even better, a transcript. Many here won't click on links from handshake accounts such as yours.

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rosie 2 points ago +2 / -0

I may resort to that. I have some small thumb drives that are just collecting dust.

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rosie 2 points ago +2 / -0

Yeah, no one important outside of a small, virtually unknown circle would be interested in this file (and nothing illegal, of course), but if it were traced back to me by certain individuals, could cause me a lot of grief within that small circle.

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rosie 2 points ago +2 / -0

Most apps have non-g00gle versions or good replacements. The few that don't (Spotify, banking, etc.) can be run from the Web site.

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rosie 1 point ago +1 / -0

Pretty sure all phone hardware has flaws.

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rosie 2 points ago +2 / -0

It's by far the most secure option. The main drawback is that it works ONLY on Google Pixel phones (because those are the ONLY ones in which you can unlock the bootloader, install a different OS, and relock the bootloader). But my non-techy hubby and I have both been VERY happy with ours, and battery life is AMAZING.

If you go that route, be sure to get a carrier-unlocked phone (Pixel 4as are $350 at Best Buy), use the Web installer on the Graphene Web site, and follow their instructions to the letter.

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rosie 2 points ago +2 / -0

Filebase apparently doesn't like my VPN.

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rosie 2 points ago +2 / -0

Working on a server, but it'll be a while before it's ready. I'm looking for a free 3rd party cloud storage that I can use for a few days until he can download the file. I will definitely encrypt the file, though.

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rosie 2 points ago +2 / -0

Believe it or not, Google Pixels are the ONLY phone that DON'T lock down the boot loader (as long as you get a carrier-unlocked version).

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rosie 4 points ago +4 / -0

Nope. GrapheneOS. Here's what's wrong with LineageOS:

Disables verified boot

Weakens SELinux policies

Lacks proper update security, including rollback protection

Adds substantial attack surface (i.e. FFmpeg along libstagefright)

Merges in questionable alpha-quality code

Leaves the bootloader unlocked

Users must flash the firmware and vendor partitions monthly

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rosie 1 point ago +1 / -0

Why on earth would you want to use Google Services?

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rosie 2 points ago +2 / -0

Disables verified boot

Weakens SELinux policies

Lacks proper update security, including rollback protection

Adds substantial attack surface (i.e. FFmpeg along libstagefright)

Merges in questionable alpha-quality code

Leaves the bootloader unlocked

Users must flash the firmware and vendor partitions monthly

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rosie 2 points ago +2 / -0

Ummm. . . installing GrapheneOS IS deg00gling your phone.

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rosie 3 points ago +3 / -0

I'm in the process of hosting my own, using Epik as my domain registrar.

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