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HELP! Can I make a android phone secure and private?

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posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 11:29 PM
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I've avoided android phones because they are by google.. I avoid everything google because of their horrible privacy policies.

BUT... My phones dying and I want a phone with a good web browser (I am on Sprint)

Almost all the phones I see with the capabilities I want are google... So I did an ats search and read all the threads on Android phones I could find.

Some claim you have total control over the open source google OS and instal various versions of the OS.

So CAN you make it secure and lock down your phone with one of these OSes or other ways?

Any ATS users doing this???

Help please!




posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 11:42 PM
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If you buy an android, I can help you "root" it. It voids most warranties, but allows you "administer/superuser" type privileges. Similar to an Administer of any Windows OS. You should google around to determine what it is you are wanting accomplish and what concerns you have. I never use my phone or laptop for anything using personal information that can be compromised, but then again, I am the kind of guy who has minimal involvement with financial institutions...

I may have just clouded the waters for you, and I apologize. Specifics need to be established to determine what is in your best interests.

Good Luck.



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 11:55 PM
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I want to be able to control what aps can and can not do (like access the GPS, mic, and camera).

I want to be able to uninstall all google products if possible.

I don't want google or others to be able to install or uninstall things from my phone which I hear google can do on vanilla android OSes.

I don't trust google and don't want them getting any info from my phone.

I do want a full fledge browser (non google) and a good camera.



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 11:55 PM
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Only way to secure it is to chuck it out of your window and hope it gets run over many times.



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 11:58 PM
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Exactly...

Most apps view your contacts, your gps coordinates, and so on. It wouldn't really be a smart phone if you disabled everything.



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 12:04 AM
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It's easy enough to root the phone so all updates will be up to you to apply or not.

You can use an alternative market to the Google Market. All apps list which permissions they will be granted if you choose to install so as long as you take note you shouldn't end up with any surprises.

Obviously if you want to use navigation software you are going to have to give it use of the GPS and things like that.

Make sure to check Google Latitude is disabled. It will tell you when it is on anyway. You can manually turn features like GPS, WIFI, Bluetooth etc on and off at will.

You can get by without having a gmail account.

With a bit of researching and learning, it's easy to lock an Android phone down.



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 12:06 AM
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You might try installing a file manager like astro and then you can select running processes and edit what priveledges they have..

I haven't done it in awhile so I'm pretty rusty myself, but there are tons of sites that have walkthroughs of this sort of thing... just have to do a tad bit of searching , which is a chore because of all the spam you sometimes encounter while looking ( whoo, that was a run on sentence)



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 12:11 AM
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From what I have read, one of the ways that you can infect your phone is by down loading apps for your phone,

So the less you down load or you can down load clean apps you should be good.

But who knows what is the real story.



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 12:15 AM
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Originally posted by jsettica
From what I have read, one of the ways that you can infect your phone is by down loading apps for your phone,

So the less you down load or you can down load clean apps you should be good.

But who knows what is the real story.


From what I've seen there have been only a couple of instances of infected apps being available in the Google Market and Google has been reasonably quick in deleting them.

If you do root the phone and allow for side loading apps, it opens up a whole world of possibilities but if you apply the same common sense you have towards your computer and the internet you should be fine.

Lookout is a pretty good anti-virus/malware/spyware app that you can also use to trace your lost phone.



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 02:01 AM
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Get Windows Phone 7.




posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 02:37 AM
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Originally posted by pianopraze
I've avoided android phones because they are by google.. I avoid everything google because of their horrible privacy policies.

BUT... My phones dying and I want a phone with a good web browser (I am on Sprint)
Here's a cell phone that has less privacy issues:





Seriously though, the more modern the phone is, and the more features it has, the less privacy you have, as a general rule. The older phones with less features didn't have as many privacy concerns.

So one approach is to get a modern phone, then cripple the advanced features with security leaks, then you have pretty much something that works like an older phone. So what was the point of getting the newer phone? See the paradox?



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 11:35 AM
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I want a good mobile web browser, not all that other crap. There is no reason you can't get a good web phone without giving up all your privacy.

There is an all out war on privacy and I refuse to buy anything that contributes. If there are workarounds with a phone I will buy it otherwise screw it.




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