Gandalf_The_Grey's Mobile Config 2021

Last updated
Oct 4, 2021
Phone brand
Samsung
Phone model
Galaxy A3 (2016)
Phone OS
Android
Phone OS version
7.0
Phone OS updates
Automatic updates
App updates
Allow app updates on WiFi connection only
Phone unlock
Biometric security
    • None
SIM card lock
Protected by a PIN code
Find my Phone
On
Security & Privacy Apps
Samsung built-in powered by McAfee
Browser
Google Chrome
Password manager
Bitwarden
Authenticator
Microsoft Authenticator
Phone & Caller ID
Default Samsung
Messaging
WhatsApp
Music & Podcasts
Samsung Music
Entertainment
Samsung Video
Games
None
File and Photo backup
None, the few foto's that I take are manually copied to laptop
Notable changes
2021.04.10 filled the new fields, no changes to config.
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.

Gandalf_The_Grey

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Android 7?

Depending on your minor version your last update is between August - October 2019 :oops:
No, it's even worse, it has the Android security patch level from 1 June 2018. :eek:
That's Samsung for you.
But it is a phone issued by my employer and I have no influence on its replacement.
On the Windows front we all got Windows 10 six months ago, so there is (some) hope.
 

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Okay it's also a work-only phone?

Anyway, to be fair i wondering why the setup is then marked as secure & even advanced if OS is EoL with more than one year.
Thank you for getting my setup rating changed to at risk :cry:
But you are right.
It is the problem with most Android phones.
The phones live on and keep working fine, but there are no more updates coming from the manufacturer and that is an incredibly sad situation.
My personal choice of phones would be Google Pixel, Nokia (Android One) or iPhone SE.

And because it's my only smartphone I do use it for non-work (personal) related activities as well, but in a limited way because I prefer the bigger screen of my 17" laptop.
That laptop is from 2015 and easily runs the latest version of Windows 10, the only real security thing missing there is IMO a TPM chip for enabling BitLocker.
 
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I've just choked on my beer seeing you, my hero at risk - There needs to be a punishment :):):)
 

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What benefits does 360 (built-in) provide in terms of optimisation? 🤔
Probably not much like all optimization tools on Android but it's an easy all in one solution.

Device maintenance contains of four modules: Battery (info, saving and closing background apps), Storage (explorer and cache cleaner) Memory (cleaner) Security (McAfee scanner and Samsung Knox security). That app is the lovechild of Samsung, 360 and McAfee.
 

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Stumbled over an article about the latest version of LineageOS 18.1, and also saw that version 17.1 ( Android 10 ) seems to support your phone @Gandalf_The_Grey . Maybe something that could be interesting, if you actually was allowed to own the phone yourself and do whatever you wanted. 🤷‍♂️Workphones are normally very restricted, but I have no idea if it actually would work and how much " hassle " it would involve with backups, downloads and install, testing etc.
 

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Stumbled over an article about the latest version of LineageOS 18.1, and also saw that version 17.1 ( Android 10 ) seems to support your phone @Gandalf_The_Grey . Maybe something that could be interesting, if you actually was allowed to own the phone yourself and do whatever you wanted. 🤷‍♂️Workphones are normally very restricted, but I have no idea if it actually would work and how much " hassle " it would involve with backups, downloads and install, testing etc.
Thanks for the suggestion (y)

If the phone were my own it could be an option, but it's a company owned phone.
 
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Remember that LineageOS only add more freedom in terms of customisation and features, but also add high attack surface and is a lot less secured then stock Android.

Most LineageOS folks doesn't know that and blindly follow these community's.
:emoji_beer:
 

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